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Jannelle Flaws powers Illini soccer to Big Ten Tournament

By Matt Gertsmeier

October 29, 2015


Filed under Sports

Qualifying for the Big Ten tournament isn’t easy — unless you’re Janet Rayfield. The Illinois soccer head coach is appearing in her sixth straight conference tournament, her 12th overall, after her Illini defeated Minnesota 3-1 on Wednesday night.On a rainy and snowy night in Minneapol...

Illini soccer’s endurance tested in third double overtime game of season

By Matt Gertsmeier

October 5, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois soccer team (8-2-2) has played a lot of extra unscheduled minutes as of late.Friday’s 1-1 tie with Ohio State marked the third double-overtime game Illinois has played this season. The team has already tied the amount of double-overtime games it played last year and there are six games l...

Illinois soccer fail to win at home for first time this season

By Matt Gertsmeier

October 4, 2015


Filed under Sports

Much like the final score, the Illinois soccer team (8-2-2)RB and Ohio State played in a constant stalemate Friday night. After two evenly matched regulation and overtime halves, the Illinois Soccer Stadium scoreboard read 1-1, making it the first time the Illini weren’t victorious at home this yearRB. ...

Illini soccer steps up to challenge

Illini soccer steps up to challenge

By Jon Joffe

September 27, 2015


Filed under Sports

A statement-making performance this week is just what the Illinois soccer team needed to prove that it still means business.The Illini returned home for two matches after a disappointing showing in Indiana last weekend.On that road trip, Illinois tied 0-0 with a Hoosiers team that they were expected to be...

Illinois soccer struggles in Big Ten openers

Illinois soccer struggles in Big Ten openers

By Matt Gertsmeier

September 20, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois soccer team was struck with an unfamiliar feeling this weekend. After outscoring opponents 16-6 in the first seven games of the season, the Illini were nearly shutout in their Big Ten season-opening matches this weekend.The Illini kicked off conference play with a road trip to Indiana. Ill...

Persistence pays off in Illinois soccer's victory over Northern Kentucky

Persistence pays off in Illinois soccer's victory over Northern Kentucky

By Jonathan Joffe

September 13, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois soccer team (6-1) looked physically outmatched against Northern Kentucky on Friday, but nevertheless handed the Norse (4-1) their first loss of the season at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. Skill prevailed over size in the Illini victory, as the defense locked down its opponents while the o...

Illini of the Week September 1: Jannelle Flaws

Illini of the Week September 1: Jannelle Flaws

By Jon Joffe

September 1, 2015


Filed under Sports

Editor’s Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.Last week, when Illinois soccer forward Jannelle Flaws was a few goals a...

Flaws nets hat trick in Illinois soccer's victory over St. Louis

Flaws nets hat trick in Illinois soccer's victory over St. Louis

By Matt Gertsmeier

August 31, 2015


Filed under Sports

Typically after a goal is scored in soccer, the scoring team huddles around the scoring player in celebration. That was not the case for Jannelle Flaws during the first goal of the Illinois’s 3-1 victory against St. Louis on Sunday. After a perfectly executed two-on-one pass in the box...

Familiar faces found in Illinois soccer’s win over TCU

Familiar faces found in Illinois soccer’s win over TCU

By Daniel Collins

August 29, 2015


Filed under Sports

It might have been the first time in program history Illinois soccer (3-0-0) faced TCU (0-3-0), but for head coach Janet Rayfield and goaltender Claire Wheatley, the match was somewhat of a reunion. For those on the Illini who didn't have ties with the Horned Frogs, the match was still one filled with mu...

Illinois soccer defeats TCU, remain undefeated

Illinois soccer defeats TCU, remain undefeated

By Jonathan Joffe

August 29, 2015


Filed under Sports

After a back-and-forth first half, the Illinois soccer team ran away with the second half of play, defeating TCU by a score of 5-2 before 516 at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. Illinois was aggressive early on in the first half, notching a goal in the fourth minute on a strike from roughly 20 yards out by senior Nicole Breece that escap...

Defense key to Illini soccer’s early success

Defense key to Illini soccer’s early success

By Matt Gertsmeier

August 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

Scoring goals was not a problem for the Illinois soccer team in its first game of the season against Oakland. The Illini won, 4-1, in their home opener Friday against the Golden Grizzlies.Despite the abundant offensive production, forward Jannelle Flaws believes defense was the key to victory.“Defensively, we di...