Girls' Soccer

Girls' Soccer

Tigers' big finish proves enjoyable

Team scores three times in second half to edge rival

URBANA – The art of finishing a scoring opportunity in soccer is just that – an art. If it were science, fewer teams would struggle to become proficient in the nuances involved.

Huff, Stephens keep program connected to ex-coach Blackman

p>URBANA – For years, the strength of Urbana's soccer programs was the link of continuity in coaching.

You knew Randy Blackman and Craig Huff would be on the Tigers' sidelines, instructing and cajoling and leading in the same manner they've done for years.

Mother Nature not slowing Danville's race to success

DANVILLE – Signs of spring are popping up all over the place, and the soccer field is no different. Danville's girls' team opened its season Saturday with a 2-0 Big 12 Conference win against Urbana.

But, just like the rest of us, the Vikings have had their share of weather-related annoyances this spring. Because of heavy rainfall, the team has been forced indoors for many of its practices.

Booster clubs give major help for Champaign programs

CHAMPAIGN – Last October, less than eight minutes remained during the Champaign Central-Centennial boys' soccer match on the Chargers' lighted field.

Then the lights went out.

Chargers use long ball

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Central girls' soccer team dominated in every category except the one that mattered most Tuesday night: goals scored.

The Maroons had their way with crosstown rival Centennial, but the Chargers pulled out a 1-0 win behind a gutsy defensive performance and a questionable save.

Maroons weather conditions for title

CHAMPAIGN – There's a reason baseball isn't a winter sport.

That wasn't always evi-dent Saturday, when self-preservation occasionally took priority over hits, runs and errors.

Regan makes up for lack of size with hustle, heart

CHAMPAIGN – The old adage that size doesn't matter doesn't quite fit Mary Regan.

The four-year varsity player on the Centennial girls' soccer team actually uses her small stature – she's only 5-foot – to her advantage in most situations, using her superior ball skills, vision and speed.