Freshman rescues UI soccer (w/interviews)


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Freshman Meegan Johnston’s overtime goal lifted Illinois past Louisville 5-4 on Sunday, giving Janet Rayfield’s team a split of its season-opening two-match road swing.

Top Illini pros: then & now

Twentieth-ranked Kevin Anderson has established himself as the best pro tennis player — now or ever — to come out of the University of Illinois. We asked staff writer Jeff Huth to pick the top current and all-time Illini pros in some other sports.

UI roundup: Soccer team drops opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Illinois’ soccer team did something Friday that it hadn’t done since 2007: losing its season opener.

Tenth-ranked Notre Dame defeated the Illini 4-1. UI freshman Casey Conine tallied her team’s goal, scoring in the 66th minute.

UI Soccer Team 2013

Get to know the 2013-2014  University of Illinois Soccer Team.

Illini Soccer - Game-by-Game Predictions

Janet Rayfield's squad looks to improve on a 10-win season in 2012, and it says here that the Illini will do just that.

Illini Soccer - Big Ten Preview

As always, Penn State is the team to beat, but the Illini and Wolverines are lurking if the Nittany Lions falter.

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.