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No place like home for Illini soccer in lead-up to Ohio State

No place like home for Illini soccer in lead-up to Ohio State

By Matt Gertsmeier

October 1, 2015


Filed under Sports

If it were up to the Illinois soccer team, the remaining games on its schedule would be played at home. The team boasts a 6-0-0 record at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. Unfortunately, due to NCAA rules, the Illini are forced to play away games.But before Illinois (8-2-1) heads back on the road, it will try...

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’s Breece is all about the flip

Illinois soccer’s Breece is all about the flip

By Matt Gertsmeier

September 22, 2015


Filed under Sports

One of the biggest challenges of playing soccer on the road is dealing with the fans. Fans will taunt, jeer and do anything possible to make the away team feel uncomfortable.While the taunts usually last the entire game, Illini soccer midfielder Nicole Breece knows how to quiet the crowd for a brief mome...

Lack of scoring continues for Illini

Lack of scoring continues for Illini

By Jon Joffe

September 21, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois soccer team scored an impressive 13 goals in its first four games of the season.Five matches later, the team has only tallied four more goals.A lack of scoring comes as a frustration to head coach Janet Rayfield, not because the chances are not coming, but because her team is failing to c...

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...

Illinois soccer looks to carry success into Big Ten play

Illinois soccer looks to carry success into Big Ten play

By Jonny Joffe

September 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois soccer team travels to Indiana this weekend to kick off Big Ten play with matches against Indiana (3-3-2) Friday and Purdue (5-2) Sunday.Illinois currently sports a favorable 6-1 record, and much like the Illini football team — who face its first opponent outside the FCS or MAC this ...

Illini soccer takeaways from this past week

Illini soccer takeaways from this past week

By Jon Joffe

September 14, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield and the Illini soccer team didn’t really know what to expect from Northern Kentucky before the two teams faced off Friday.As a result – in terms of preparation – Illinois implemented a simple game plan.The Illini wanted to see what the Norse would give them.What Il...

Robishaw down and out for Illini soccer

Robishaw down and out for Illini soccer

By Matt Gertsmeier

September 10, 2015


Filed under Sports

While the Illinois soccer team (5-1-0) scrimmaged and practiced free kicks during Wednesday’s practice to prepare for Friday’s match against Northern Kentucky (4-0-0), midfielder Reagan Robishaw limped around the sidelines and into the team huddles with a bulky brace on her leg.The senior will unde...

Selective play paying off for Illinois soccer

Selective play paying off for Illinois soccer

By Jon Joffe

September 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois soccer team is returning to campus with a 5-1 record following its West Coast trip this past weekend.The biggest take away that head coach Janet Rayfield alluded to was her teams’ critical decision making on the attack.“If you look at the number of shots that we’ve taken and the amount of goals w...

Illinois showcases Big Ten talent at Husky Invite

Illinois showcases Big Ten talent at Husky Invite

By Matt Gertsmeier

September 7, 2015


Filed under Sports

In terms of soccer success, the Big Ten hasn’t made much of a name for itself, but this weekend in Seattle, Hope D’Addario wanted to change that.In the past 10 years, three NCAA soccer champions have been from the Pac-12 conference and one from the West Coast Conference. Only one Big Ten team has made it ...

Soccer looks to carry success into the west coast

Soccer looks to carry success into the west coast

By Jon Joffe

September 3, 2015


Filed under Sports

After four games, the Illinois soccer team remains undefeated. The Illini certainly have gained some momentum and are coming off a game in which redshirt senior Jannelle Flaws became the all-time leading scorer in Illinois history — earning her Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.A West-C...

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...

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