DiBernardo drafted by hometown Red Stars

DiBernardo drafted by hometown Red Stars

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Vanessa DiBernardo was the fourth overall pick in the National Women’s Soccer League draft on Friday, the midfielder becoming the third former Illini chosen by her hometown Chicago Red Stars. "I'm excited and honored to be drafted by the Chicago Red Stars, especially because it's my hometown," DiBernardo said. "It means a lot to play for Chicago and I'm looking forward to being able to stay close to home. I appreciate everything coach Rayfield and all the coaches at Illinois did for me to prepare me for this moment. I also want to thank my teammates for supporting me during my great four years as an Illini."

A look at her Illini career by the numbers, courtesy staff writer Jeff Huth:

All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She was a second-team selection in 2011 and a third-team member in 2012.

Times named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. The trophy is awarded annually to the female and male Player of the Year in Division I soccer.

Career goals, the third-most in Illini history.

Career assists, a school record.

Times selected to the All-Big Ten first team.

Career grade point average at UI entering her senior year. She is a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-American and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Goals as a sophomore, the third-highest single-season total in Illini history.

Goals in one game, a school record set as a freshman in 2010 against Purdue.

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increvable wrote on January 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Congratulations to Vanessa! I'm going to have to get up to Benedictine for a Red Stars game this year. Been too long since I've been to a soccer game.