Soccer

Soccer

DiBernardo up for soccer honors

CHAMPAIGN — One day after being named to the Hermann Trophy watch list, Illinois soccer player Vanessa DiBernardo was selected as a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must be an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Loren Tate: Howdy, freshmen

This is for you, the 7,000 survivors from the record 33,178 applicants at the University of Illinois.

It’s an unusually large campus, sprawling nearly 3 miles from the Beckman Institute on University Avenue to the south end of the Research Park, so that’s a lot of ground to cover. This annual column is geared to be advisory and explanatory.

UI soccer storylines

Before the Illinois soccer team opens its season Friday at No. 10 Notre Dame, coach Janet Rayfield and her team posed for the camera and answered questions on media day. Staff writer JEFF HUTH returned with storylines on the 2013 Illini:
 

Goal oriented

Soccer: 3rd in Big Ten preseason poll


CHAMPAIGN — Illinois isn’t ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason Top 25, but Janet Rayfield’s squad didn’t miss by much.

Rayfield's squad ready for challenges

The Illinois women’s soccer schedule was released Thursday. The Illini will play seven teams that made the NCAA tournament last year during the regular season before they host the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2000.

Rayfield earns 5-year extension

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield received a five-year contract extension, UI athletic director Mike Thomas announced Tuesday.

The new deal will keep Rayfield with the Illini through 2017.

All in the family

Tom, Darrin and Casey Fletcher are far from the only multi-generation family members to make their mark in University of Illinois sports history. Here are other notable examples of Illini athletes who kept it all in the family

Bill and Doug Altenberger

Illinois team grades

Baseball: B
Comment: NCAA tournament team won 35 games, most since 2000

Football: D-
Comment: Task one: End that 14-game Big Ten losing streak

Men’s basketball: B
Comment: Inconsistent bunch proved they belonged in NCAAs

Men’s cross-country: B
Comment: Big Ten finish of fourth was program’s best in 16 years

Illinois team-by-team breakdown

Baseball
High point: Receiving Big Ten’s only at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Low point: Losing NCAA elimination game after entering ninth inning with 3-2 lead.
Big Ten finish: T-5th
What’s next: Plenty of holes to fill in field, but starting rotation returns intact.

Football

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