LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois soccer team trailed by two goals after three shots in its NCAA second-round match Friday against No. 7 Portland.
“We are just fighting and truly living up to the name Fighting Illini,” UI coach Janet Rayfield said.
Are they ever.
The Illini women’s soccer team is headed to Lincoln, Neb., for Round 2 — and hopes to stick around for Round 3 — of the NCAA tournament on Friday (11 a.m.). Staff writer Jeff Huth offers four storylines as Illinois (10-8-3) prepares to face No. 7 Portland (17-2-1).
CHAMPAIGN — A short memory can be an absolute necessity for a goalkeeper.
In Illinois’ first-round NCAA tournament opener, Illini freshman Claire Wheatley displayed that indispensable quality one match after giving up five goals against Indiana at the Big Ten tournament and getting pulled from the match with almost 15 minutes remaining.
PULLMAN, Wash. — When Saturday’s NCAA tournament opener went to penalty kicks, Illinois was in its element.
Minutes after the Illini were ousted from the Big Ten tournament Nov. 6, senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo and coach Janet Rayfield separately were asked about the possibility that the former had played her final collegiate match.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ soccer team took an early exit in the Big Ten tournament, but coach Janet Rayfield’s club is continuing its journey: in the NCAA tournament.
The Illini (10-8-2) received an at-large bid Monday and will play Washington State at 3 p.m. Saturday in the first round in Pullman, Wash.
CHAMPAIGN — Top-seeded Nebraska expected to play for the championship at the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament.
After their 3-1 semifinal victory Friday against fourth-seeded Indiana, the Cornhuskers will.
CHAMPAIGN — After holding its previous three opponents to a total of three goals, the Illinois women’s soccer team thought it had fixed its sometimes-leaky defense.
Indiana wasted no time Wednesday proving the Illini wrong.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s soccer team played its first and last match of the 2013 Big Ten tournament on Wednesday.
Illinois and Indiana during their Big Ten Tournament Soccer match at the turf field at First and Stadium in Champaign,IL on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.