Rayfield, squad rate Big Ten honors

Rayfield, squad rate Big Ten honors

PARK RIDGE — Janet Rayfield did something for the first time in her 10 years at Illinois.

After leading her team to second place in the Big Ten, Rayfield was named the league's Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

Rayfield, whose squad has an eight-match winning streak, was named the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz in 2003 and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2010.

The Illini (14-4-1, 8-2-1 Big Ten) also had six players recognized for their success.

Sophomore Vanessa DiBernardo, who had 35 points and 15 goals during the regular season, was named Midfielder of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten. Senior Jenna Carosio, another All-Big Ten first-teamer, was named Big Ten Defender of the Year. Senior midfielder Marissa Mykines was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Defender Stephanie Pouse and forward Jannelle Flaws earned spots on the All-Freshman Team.

Junior defender Kristen Gierman claimed the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive season.

In women's golf:

Squad places second. Senior Samantha Sloan placed fifth, leading Illinois to second place Tuesday at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic in Buies Creek, N.C.

The Illini, who received a sixth-place tie from redshirt freshman Jacqueline Calamaro, totaled 923 to finish 21 strokes behind Campbell.

"We finished off the second round today pretty well," UI coach Renee Slone said. "We gained a little bit of ground and obviously needed a strong performance in the final round to gain some strokes on Campbell. We did not have a good final round, and it was just a little bit of a struggle here and there for everybody."

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