Early lead doesn''t hold up for Illini

Early lead doesn''t hold up for Illini

CHAMPAIGN – Stephanne Steinhoff gave the Illinois women's soccer team a first-half lead, but the Illini were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Michigan State Sunday.

Steinhoff hit the net at 28:50 off a rebound of Kelly Buszkiewicz's direct kick, but the Spartans, 6-7-1 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten, responded 42 seconds before halftime with a goal by Kim Shepela on an assist from Gina Dawson.

After a scoreless second half and first overtime, Dawson took a feed from Laura Monticello and beat UI goalkeeper Amy Bessette at 110:55.

"It was one of those matches that could have gone either way, and unfortunately, we were on the losing end of it today," UI coach Jillian Ellis said. "We had some good opportunities to score, but it just didn't happen for us."

Illinois fell to 6-9, 1-8. Iowa, at 5-10, 2-7, also will sit out the conference tournament.

Bessette recorded 13 saves for Illinois, which was outshot 17-14.

The Illini next play St. Louis University at 3 p.m. Tuesday at home.

In men's tennis: UI goes deep

Despite its top three players being away at another tournament, five of Illinois' eight singles players finished first or second in their flights Sunday at the Fighting Illini Fall Invitational in Atkins Tennis Center.

Sophomore Matthew Snyder won No. 3 singles, junior Corbin Archer was first at No. 7 and junior Arnaud Lantin won No. 8.

Sophomore Jeff Laski and junior Jakub Teply were second in their flights.

In doubles, junior David Treadwell and Laski were first at No. 2, and Archer and Teply won No. 3. Snyder and senior Brady Blain were second at No. 1 doubles.