Illinois soccer rolling

Illinois soccer rolling

   There was an Elvis sighting Sunday at Illinois Field.

   Illini junior midfielder Emily "Elvis" Brown scored a first-half goal as the Illini beat previously undefeated Michigan State 2-1 in Big Ten soccer action.

   "My club team in high school had two other girls named Emily," Brown said. "My coach called me ''E'' and said that Elvis''s friends called him ''E,'' and the name kind of stuck."

   What does Brown think of the King?

   "I''m not a big Elvis fan," she said.

   Brown put the Illini (6-3) up early, and junior midfielder Lindsay Johnson added another goal off a feed from junior Hollie Schurr to give Illinois a 2-0 halftime lead.

   "We picked up our intensity level today," UI coach Tricia Taliaferro said. "Our overall team play was excellent, and the girls created chances for each other."

   In the first half, a number of fouls were called on both teams.

   "It''s going to be a physical battle any time two teams in the Big Ten play," Taliaferro said. "We kept our composure and didn''t let it affect us."

   Michigan State (7-1-1) scored a goal early in the second half as the physical play continued.

   "We had a little letdown at the start of the second half," Brown said. "It''s always hard to come out as fired up in the second half as you do in the first, but we settled down after that."

   The Illini didn''t back down.

   "We expected them to make a run," Taliaferro said. "We kept our focus and did the things we needed to do."

   Illinois also had to battle through weather conditions.

   "The wind created a few problems for us," Brown said. "But the temperature was perfect. I don''t like playing when it gets so hot."

   The Illini will go for two in a row Friday when Northwestern visits.

   "We''re a good team," Taliaferro said. "But it doesn''t count when you only do it once. The next step for this team is to start stringing some wins together. Good teams are consistent, and that is something we need to work on."

Illini seventh in women''s golf

   Sophomore Laurin Kanda shot 75 to tie for 12th, leading the UI to a seventh-place finish at the Mary Fossum Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.

   Illinois finished with a 306 total in the tournament shortened to Sunday''s round, 10 shots back of first-place Minnesota.

   Kanda''s 75 tied her with six other golfers. The UI''s Marla Cox, Stephanie Cheney and Carmel Sielicki each tied for 22nd with 77s.

Nuger second in men''s golf

   Illinois senior Larry Nuger finished second in the Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational when Sunday''s final round was cancelled in Colorado Springs, Colo.

   Nuger''s two-day 143 was 3 shots behind medalist Ben Leestma of the Air Force Academy.

   The Illini finished fourth at 595, 10 shots behind winner San Diego.

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