Flaws, soccer team pull rank on Badgers
CHAMPAIGN — Jannelle Flaws had two goals as Illinois ended a three-match losing streak with a 3-2 win against No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday night at Illinois Soccer Stadium. Freshman Claire Wheatley had nine saves for the Illini, who raced to a 3-1 lead in front of 1,015 fans.
Flaws leads the Big Ten with 15 goals, three shy of Emily Brown’s single-season school record.
“We battled (Saturday night),” UI coach Janet Rayfield said. “Jannelle Flaws put the team on her back and kept scoring goals.”
Taylore Peterson converted a penalty kick for Illinois (7-5-2, 2-3-1 Big Ten).
Illini bounce back. Senior Jennifer Beltran became the school’s all-time leader in digs as the Illini (7-9, 3-3 Big Ten) earned a weekend Big Ten split with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 win at Indiana.
With 11 digs, Beltran upped her career total to 1,929 and passed Ashley Edinger and moved into 10th on the Big Ten list.
“She’s a stud,” UI coach Kevin Hambly said. “It’s not surprising. When she came in, I figured she would be the leader, that she’d take over that record.”
Said Beltran: “I owe it all to my teammates. They make it easy for me to play behind them up there.”
Jocelynn Birks had 15 kills, Liz McMahon had seven and Morganne Criswell, Anna Dorn and Maddie Mayers each had five for Illinois, which lost Friday at Purdue.
“It was nice to get a win on the road,” Hambly said. “It was an important win for us.”
In women’s tennis:
Illini move on. At the ITA Midwest Regionals at Ann Arbor, Mich., Alexis Casati, Allison Falkin and Melissa Kopinski advanced to Sunday’s round of 16 in singles action. Falkin and Kopinski also advanced to the doubles quarterfinal round along with Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong.
In women’s golf:
Illini in first. At even par, Illinois freshman Stephanie Miller was in first place — as was her team — after two rounds at the Diane Thomason Invitational at Iowa City, Iowa. The Illini led Kansas State by 1 stroke heading into Sunday’s final round.