Illini, U.S. strike gold

TOKYO — Feel free to call Vanessa DiBernardo the Golden Girl. The Illinois soccer player has the medal to prove it.

DiBernardo and her teammates on the U.S. Under-20 National Team finally cracked what had been an impenetrable German defense and held on win 1-0 Saturday in the gold-medal match of the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup at Tokyo National Stadium.

Soccer shut out; DiBernardo goes for gold

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Illini held No. 11 Virginia Tech to one goal but couldn't score themselves in losing their opening match of the Wake Forest Invitational.

The Hokies improved to 7-0-0 after handing Illinois (3-2-1) its second shutout loss of the season. The Illini also failed to score against then-No. 5 UCLA on Aug. 26 in Los Angeles.

The Illini's ACC Challenge

Illinois will find out how they stack up against a pair of teams from the nation's premier soccer conference.

DiBernardo, U.S. squad reach tournament final

TOKYO — Vanessa DiBernardo's quest to bring a gold medal back to campus remained on track Tuesday, as the Illinois midfielder helped the U.S. Under-20 National Team defeat Nigeria 2-0 in the semifinals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup soccer tournament.

Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai each scored their first goals of the event as the Americans advanced to Saturday's title match.

Illini soccer shines in win

CHAMPAIGN — Nicole Denenberg, Taylore Peterson and Marissa Holden each tallied their first goals of the season, leading Illinois to a 3-1 soccer victory against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday in a match that was delayed by the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

Megan Pawloski and Nicole Breece picked up their first assists of the season, and Kristen Gierman collected her second.

DiBernardo secures win

SAITAMA, Japan — Illinois junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo scored a second-half goal, leading the United States' Under-20 National Team to a 2-1 quarterfinal victory against Korea in overtime Friday at the U-20 Women's World Cup.

Chioma Ubogagu scored in the 98th minute for the U.S., which advanced to its fifth semifinal in the event.

DiBernardo delay continues

RIFU, Japan — Illinois' soccer team might be without star midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo a while longer.

DiBernardo and her U.S. Under-20 National Team qualified for the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

DiBernardo, U.S. in draw

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Despite outshooting China 17-3, the United States was forced to settle for a 1-1 tie Thursday in its second match at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup soccer tournament.

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