Soccer team snaps winless skid

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team snapped its five-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory against Michigan State on Friday night at Illinois Soccer Stadium. The Illini (10-6-1, 5-5-1 Big Ten) took care of their four-match losing streak Sunday with a tie at Maryland but got the full three points against the Spartans (9-7-1, 3-7-1) thanks to goals from a pair of freshmen.

No foul: Wheatley strong on penalty kicks

CHAMPAIGN — Claire Wheatley settles into the goal for penalty kicks knowing the odds are firmly stacked against her. In fact, the player taking the kick is roughly three times as likely to score than the Illinois sophomore goalkeeper is to stop it.

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Illini not back in win column yet

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Sunday didn’t bring a victory for the Illinois soccer team, but it also didn’t bring a fifth consecutive defeat.

Jannelle Flaws scored her 17th goal of the season and goalkeeper Claire Wheatley stopped a pair of Maryland penalty kicks as the Illini settled for a 1-1 tie on the road.

UI wrap: Soccer's losing streak hits four

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Illinois was quick to answer Rutgers’ early goal in Friday’s Big Ten showdown, matching the Scarlet Knights less than a minute after they took the lead.

The Illini couldn’t, however, come up with the equalizer when Rutgers scored the go-ahead — and ultimately winning — goal with less than five minutes to play in its 2-1 victory.

Rayfield tinkers with lineup

CHAMPAIGN — Taylore Peterson’s season-ending knee injury in the week leading up to the season opener against Notre Dame was just the first of many to come for the Illinois soccer team.

By the time the final whistle blew in Sunday’s 2-1 double-overtime loss to Minnesota, the Illini’s injured list had grown to seven.

Aliina Weykamp 10-14-14

The junior defender talks with Brian Moline and Scott Richey about injuries, adjusting to new personnel, and bouncing back from the team's current three-game losing streak.

Soccer's losing streak hits three

CHAMPAIGN — Defense dominated Illinois soccer’s match against Minnesota on Sunday. But it was a golden goal by the Golden Gophers’ Taylor Wodnick in double overtime that ultimately sent the Illini to their first three-match losing streak of the season.

Illinois fell 2-1, once again receiving its entire scoring output from Jannelle Flaws.

University of Illinois Women's Soccer vs Minnesota

University of Illinois Women's Soccer vs Minnesota, Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. 

Rayfield: Illini must be better problem solvers

CHAMPAIGN — Jannelle Flaws started this season as a known commodity. After all, you don’t score 23 goals in a season, tie for the national lead and go unnoticed.