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Soccer

Flaws repeats feat

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Jannelle Flaws earned her second consecutive NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region first-team honor Wednesday. The redshirt senior forward led the Big Ten and finished tied for 11th in the nation with 17 goals this season.

UI roundup: Flaws finalist for national award

Jannelle Flaws’ 17 goals during the 2014 season ranked ninth in the nation and first in the Big Ten — even with Illinois women’s soccer making a quick postseason exit in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

NCAA dream over for soccer team

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Illinois and Wisconsin’s streak of scoreless soccer stretched to nearly 135 straight minutes after both teams continued the lockdown defense from Friday’s regular season finale into Wednesday’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinal.

Fewer league matches might be better

CHAMPAIGN — The addition of Maryland and Rutgers bumped the Big Ten women’s soccer schedule to 13 conference matches this season. It was a change Illinois coach Janet Rayfield said Big Ten coaches would evaluate at season’s end.

They did. The 13-game Big Ten schedule will likely last just one year.

They've got Flaws: Sisters lead college teams

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland volleyball coaching staff has decades of combined experience. And head coach Cliff Hastings has been on both sides of recruiting as a high school and club coach and now in his sixth year leading the Cobras.

But for one player last year, the best recruiter had no ties to the program — other than location.

High-pressure offense not enough for UI soccer

CHAMPAIGN — The 17 shots Illinois got off in the second half of Sunday’s game against Michigan is a number most teams wouldn’t be too upset about having in two games.

The Illini ended up with 23 total shots, but just six on goal in a 2-1 loss to the Wolverines. The rush of shots in the second half all pretty much had one thing in common — near miss.

Soccer falls, earns spot in conference tourney

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois was assured a spot in the Big Ten Tournament by halftime of Sunday’s game against Michigan by virtue of Nebraska’s 3-1 loss to Ohio State.

It was a piece of information, however, the Illini didn’t have. So trailing Michigan 2-1 with 30 minutes to play after Jessica Heifetz scored the go-ahead goal off a set piece, Illinois kept up the pressure offensively.

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.

SportsTalk 10-23-14

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Brian Moline hosts the Thursday edition of Sports Talk 10-23-14. With interviews with Kevin Hambly, Fred Kroner, and Janet Rayfield.

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