ROSEMONT — Jannelle Flaws’ efforts on offense last week earned more than wins for the Illinois soccer team.
The senior received her second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor Monday after tallying all five of the Illini’s goals in victories against Indiana and Purdue.
Flaws previously received the award in September 2013.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ answer to Purdue’s first real prolonged possession in Illini territory was a couple of quick counters started by booming kicks from goalkeeper Claire Wheatley. That shift in momentum created multiple scoring opportunities for Illinois in the second half, but didn’t immediately yield any Illini goals.
They did come, though. In a hurry.
Sixty-eight years ago Sunday, Illinois’ football team kicked off a highly successful season with a 33-7 victory against the Pitt Panthers. An Illini squad with war veterans found Pittsburgh’s Pitt Stadium considerably friendlier than Iwo Jima and Okinawa and ruined rookie coach Wes Fesler’s Panthers coaching debut.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team opened the season receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Illini broke into the Top 25 for the first time this season Tuesday after a 1-1 start in Big Ten play.