The Illini women´s soccer team , which opened its season with victories against Iowa State and Kansas, is ranked No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
"It was exciting to be successful in our first weekend," Illinois coach Tricia Taliaferro said. "It´s nice to get the respect of the other coaches, but it´s a long season."
Penn State (1-1) is ranked eighth in the poll.