CHAMPAIGN — Illinois outshot No. 10 Michigan but couldn’t capitalize on its scoring opportunities and lost 2-0 Friday night in a Big Ten women’s soccer match at Illinois Soccer Stadium.
The Illini (8-7-2, 3-5-1 Big Ten) held a 17-16 advantage in shots and a 7-5 edge in shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin earned her seventh shutout of the season for the Wolverines (13-2-1, 7-1-1).
“Our possession was good (Friday night),” UI coach Janet Rayfield said. “We were getting the ball in the places we wanted, and we created chances. ... We just didn’t finish as clinically as we have prior to these past couple games.”
Michigan scored both of its goals in the first half. Madisson Lewis connected in the 23rd minute, and Holly Hein made it 2-0 in the 35th minute.
Redshirt junior forward Jannelle Flaws had seven shots for the Illini, with five on goal. Megan Pawloski and Nicole Breece had the other shots on goal for Illinois.
The Illini will play their final regular season home match at 1 p.m. Sunday against Michigan State. Illinois, which is trying to clinch a spot in the eight-team Big Ten tournament that it will host, is 11-0-2 in its last 13 meetings against the Spartans.
“We just have to win games,” Rayfield said. “At this time in the season, whether it’s the postseason or the end of the season, it’s win and move on. Every game you win gets you another game to play, that’s the mentality we have to have.”
In women’s cross-country:
Illini Porada wins. Illinois senior Katie Porada won the Illini Open, finishing the 5-kilometer race at the UI Arboretum in 17 minutes, 35 seconds.
Porada edged runner-up Lauren Wood, competing unattached, by three seconds.
“Katie ran a really effective race,” UI coach Scott Jones said after the team’s final meet of the regular season. “She hasn’t raced as much this year, so she felt that she needed another effort like this to get her prepared for the championship portion of the season.”
Two Illini freshmen finished in the top 20. Megan Lemersal (18:58) placed 16th, and Valerie Bobart (19:02) was 19th.
In men’s cross-country:
Telfer takes second. Sam Telfer placed second and was one of three Illini to finish in the top 10 at the Illini Open.
The redshirt sophomore completed the 8-kilometer race at the UI Arboretum in 25:19. Illini fifth-year senior Jordan Hebert, competing unattached because he has used up his cross-country eligibility, won in 24:57.
UI sophomore Jereme Atchison (25:37) finished fifth, and Illini freshman Ryan Burgoon (25:57) placed eighth.
In women’s swimming & diving:
Illini sweep duals. Led by its 200-yard butterfly corps, Illinois defeated Michigan State 178-122 and Liberty 157-142 in a double-dual meet at East Lansing, Mich.
Sarah Sykstus, Gabbie Stecker and Lori Lynn swept the top three places in the 200 fly. Other winners for the Illini (3-1) were Alison Meng in the 100 backstroke, Stecker in the 500 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Meng, Megan Marchuk, Sabrinne Gibson and Courtney Pope.
“There were a lot of different event winners, and that versatility will help us as we continue through the season,” UI coach Sue Novitsky said. “It was exciting to see many of our swims were faster or right on last week’s times.”