Weekly Planner: Illini soccer begins Big Ten play

Weekly Planner: Illini soccer begins Big Ten play

PRO

Cardinals at Cubs,1:20 p.m., Friday

The Cubs and Cardinals begin a three- game series at Wrigley on Friday with the NL Central race heating. The Cubs saw their lead on the Cardinals slip to 2 games by the end of the day on Sunday. The Cardinals are always a dangerous team late in the season, and with so much on the line this series will be worth watching. Luckily for the Cubs, they have a series against the New York Mets before facing the Cardinals, and have a chance to add to their lead in the division before the weekend.

ILLINOIS

Illinois at Ohio State soccer, 6 p.m., Thursday

The Big Ten schedule gets underway for Illini soccer when they face the Buckeyes on Thursday. Illinois (3-5) is coming off a pair of losses to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, and the string of away games continues with a trip to Columbus to face the 5-1-1 Buckeyes. Ariana Veland leads the Illini in goals with two and total points. In goal for the Illini has been Jaelyn Cunningham. She's compiled a 1.62 goals against average and has one shutout so far this season.

JUNIOR COLLEGE

Lincoln Land at Parkland volleyball, 6 p.m., Wednesday

The Parkland College volleyball team is back home and still undefeated. After sweeping all of their matches at the Kirkwood Tournament last weekend the Cobras are in Champaign to take on No. 7 Lincoln Land. There's plenty of history between the two junior college teams. The Cobras and Loggers have faced each other for the National Championship in each of the last two seasons with Parkland coming out on top both times. Fia Willis and Alivia Dew have been key to Parkland's success this season.

HIGH SCHOOL

Mahomet-Seymour at. St. Thomas More volleyball, 7 p.m., Thursday

The biggest game this week not on a football field takes place between a pair of nonconference teams featuring future Division 1 players. Savannah Matthews of the Bulldogs has committed to Kent State and the Sabers' Mica Allison will continue playing at Auburn. Both teams are also coming off second-place finishes last weekend. St. Thomas More finished runner-up at the Clinton Classic and the Bulldogs lost to Central at their own Bulldog Invitational.

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