Asmussen | Rayfield is the 'tie that binds'

CHAMPAIGN — Earlier in the week, Janet Rayfield took a call in her office.

It was former Illini Brittany Garrett. She was in town with her two kids and wanted to stop by to say hello.

"Those are the things that are meaningful," Rayfield said Thursday afternoon in her office at the Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building.

Illini change fortunes after back-to-back down years

CHAMPAIGN — The foundation for Illinois soccer's drastic turnaround this season was laid in January.

The Illini were coming off a 5-14 season — the worst in program history — that saw them score just 13 goals. That followed a 6-11-2 record in 2016. Those two seasons were not how the Illini wanted the program to be defined.

It's make or break time for Illinois soccer

Scoring surge

Illinois started the season with a resurgent offense. After scoring just 13 goals in 2017, the Illini tied that mark five matches in and topped it the next time out.

Still led by senior Katie Murray with five goals, scoring has dipped in Big Ten play with five goals in seven matches.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 5 , 2018

Barely two years after arriving at Champaign's WCIA, Annice McEwan is on the move. With the full support of her former employer.

McEwan starts next week at Louisville's WDRB, a Fox affiliate. She joins a six-person sports staff as a reporter. She will also have increased anchor duties.

Howard: 'I'm getting honored for doing what I like'

CHAMPAIGN — It's hard to imagine having more Illini greats in one room at one time.

Illinois honored the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center with the official induction ceremony.

Honoree Dana Howard talked about what made him the Big Ten's all-time leader in tackles.

Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

The Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame honored 21 new members during an induction ceremony at State Farm Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

Illinois hitting the target at higher frequency in 2018

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois was shut out 10 times in the 2017 season, including a stretch of four straight losses to end the 5-14 season at the bottom of the Big Ten standings.

Illini soccer stuns No. 3 Duke on the road

DURHAM, N.C. — Two minutes, one second.

That’s all the time the Illinois soccer team was willing to let No. 3 Duke  hold onto its lead Sunday afternoon.

After the Blue Devils netted the first goal in the 16th minute, the Illini sprung back and netted two of their own before halftime, then held out defensively to shock a top-three team for the first time since 2012.

Illini athletics are on the horizon

August is here. And that means Illinois athletics are nearly back in session. Here are four key dates to watch out for this month:


UI Soccer Media Day 2018

Athletes from the University of Illinois soccer team met with reporters and posed for photos on the field at Illinois Soccer Stadium during soccer media day Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.