NCAA soccer: Illini move on

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The scene was all too familiar: NCAA tournament game. At Missouri. Match headed to a penalty kick shootout.

Just like in 2008, this version of the Illini didn’t flinch.

NCAA soccer tourney: Illini vs. Mizzou

Illinois (10-8-3) at Missouri (14-7-0), 6:30 p.m. today

Setting the scene

Rayfield rates national honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield was selected as the first female recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Honor Award.

The award, which has been given annually since 1942, is the most prestigious distinction the NSCAA presents to an individual. The award recognizes a person’s contribution to soccer and to the NSCAA.

Soccer team draws Mizzou

Following a run to the Big Ten tournament championship match, Janet Rayfield’s Illinois soccer team learned Monday it qualified for the NCAA tournament. A look:

Soccer falls short in Big Ten title match

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois soccer team had plenty of chances to defend its Big Ten tournament championship on Sunday.

Facing No. 21 Ohio State, a team they had already beaten this season, the Illini kept pouring shot after shot at the Buckeyes keeper. Time after time, tournament defensive MVP Jillian McVicker was up to the challenge.

Illini reach title match — again

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — She doesn’t keep last year’s Big Ten tournament trophy on the team bus. Or make her starting midfielders rub it for good luck before taking the field at Armstrong Stadium.

But make no mistake, Janet Rayfield has reminded her Illini of their status a time or two at this week’s soccer tournament at Indiana.

Soccer team stuns Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — If Illinois’ soccer team is playing in the Big Ten tournament and the match comes down to a penalty-kick shootout, don’t count out the Illini.

Which Side of the Bubble?

Today's game against Minnesota may very well be an NCAA Tournament elimination game.

Huth breaks down Big Ten soccer tourney

Staff writer Jeff Huth’s take on the Illinois soccer team entering today’s Big Ten tournament at Bloomington, Ind.:

Which Illini team will show up: The gutty group that overcame a 2-0 deficit Saturday to win at No. 24 Michigan for the first time in program history?

Big Ten honors DiBernardo — again

PARK RIDGE — Vanessa DiBernardo was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week in women’s soccer Monday after leading Illinois to its first victory ever at Michigan.