A first-round loss in the NCAA tournament dropped the Illinois women''s soccer team nine spots in the final NSCAA/adidas national Top 25.
Janet Rayfield''s Illini (16-4-2) fell from aseason-high ninth to No. 18. NCAA champion North Carolina (27-0-0) remained No. 1. UCLA, which is coached by former UI coach Jillian Ellis, fell from second to No. 3. The Bruins (20-2-3) lost to North Carolina in the NCAA semifinals.