Illini soccer turns on offense
CHAMPAIGN — An Illinois bugaboo during its 2010 season was no problem during Friday night's season opener.
An Illini offense that created plenty of chances did just that. This time, though, the 24th-ranked Illini converted plenty in a 5-1 season-opening victory against Gonzaga on Friday night at Illinois Soccer Stadium.
"We have to walk away pleased with the chances we created after going into the game focused on creating chances," Illini coach Janet Rayfield said. "This week we talked about focusing on doing just that, and if we could get to the point of creating them then we could take the next step on attack. After tonight, we are ready for that next step."
Illinois' go-to player, sophomore Vanessa DiBernardo, found the back of the net for the team's first two goals of the season.
The good news for Rayfield: Her Illini squad didn't stop there.
Marissa Mykines, Nikki Read and Julie Ewing also scored goals for Illinois. Mykines and Read also tallied assists.
"Having so many people involved on the attack was one of the bright spots of the night and why the expectations are to get a lot of people involved, stepping up and play offensively and defensively," Rayfield said.
"Everybody in the midfield and attack worked to get involved and to make things happen. Tonight was certainly a collective effort."