News-Gazette staff writer JEFF HUTH offers three storylines on the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN — Janet Rayfield has fielded the question multiple times this season. From the media. From coaching colleagues. From inquiring minds who want to know:
“Who is this kid and where did she come from?”
CHAMPAIGN — Allie Osoba made it a Senior Day to remember for herself and her Illinois soccer teammates.
Osoba scored her career-high fifth goal of the season, leading the Illini to a 2-0 victory against Michigan State on Sunday in a Big Ten match at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois outshot No. 10 Michigan but couldn’t capitalize on its scoring opportunities and lost 2-0 Friday night in a Big Ten women’s soccer match at Illinois Soccer Stadium.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Illinois could have used NCAA goal leader Jannelle Flaws on Sunday against No. 17 Penn State.
Flaws was limited to 20 minutes after suffering a head injury in the first half of a 5-0 loss to the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten soccer match.
EVANSTON — Janelle Flaws’ second career hat trick gave her the NCAA lead in goals for the season (18) and lifted the Illinois soccer team to a 3-1 win against Northwestern on Thursday. Flaws’ goal total also ties Emily Brown’s 1999 school record.
CHAMPAIGN — Jannelle Flaws had two goals as Illinois ended a three-match losing streak with a 3-2 win against No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday night at Illinois Soccer Stadium. Freshman Claire Wheatley had nine saves for the Illini, who raced to a 3-1 lead in front of 1,015 fans.
Flaws leads the Big Ten with 15 goals, three shy of Emily Brown’s single-season school record.
Watch out for flying objects. Mischievous and grotesque, the goblins are coming to spoil our fun.
It’s October. And this promises to be a challenging month for three Illini teams nursing postseason ambitions.