Freshman Rachel Smith scored on a breakaway goal in double overtime Sunday in Champaign to give the University of Illinois women's soccer team its first Big Ten Conference victory, 3-2 over Northwestern.
"It feels great. I'm really happy for the players. To win like that makes it exciting," Illini coach Jillian Ellis said.
Illinois led 2-0 at halftime on goals by junior Sarah Aberle, who was assisted by Julie Schueller and Kelly Buszkie-wicz, respectively.
"Wind was a big factor in the game. We used three forwards in the first half and put them under a lot of pressure," Ellis said.
Northwestern, which had 24 shots on goal, rallied to tie the match in regulation on goals by Dionna Latimer and Erica Westrich.
Smith tallied the game-winner on an assist from Kristin Bergschneider.
"We've talked all season about taking strides. It's a small step forward for us," Ellis said.
The Illini improved to 1-6 in the Big Ten and 5-7 overall. Northwestern dropped to 2-5, 6-6.
In men's tennis: Illini advance.
Illini Jeff Laski, Matt Snyder and Brady Blain moved on in the qualifying round at the ITA All-American Championship tennis tournament Sunday in Austin, Texas.
Laski defeated John Deaton of Arkansas 8-4 and Caeser Schwarz of University of Texas-San Antonio by default. Snyder bounced Michal Stopa of Arizona 8-4 and Domenico Marra of Arkansas-Little Rock 8-4.
Blain, meanwhile, defeated Gonzalo Anderson of Texas A&M 8-3 and Ryan Shupe of Texas Tech 9-8.
Illini Jakub Teply lost 9-7 to Jason Cook of UCLA. Illini David Treadwell won by default over Ricardo Fuentes of San Antonio before losing 8-4 to Vincent Allegre of UCLA.
"It's a very tough draw. I was very pleased with their performances," Illini coach Craig Tiley said.
In women's golf: UI earns 13th.
Freshman Jessica Hayes tied for 38th place overall with a 238, leading the University of Illinois women's golf team to 13th place at the Lady Kat Invite on Sunday in Lexington, Ky.
The Illini finished 50 strokes behind host Kentucky, which tallied 912 to finish first.
UI senior Karen Karmazin shot 239 to tie for 41st. Lorette Lyttle, Ashley Webb and Nell Macke carded 242, 244 and 251, respectively.