Penn State blanks soccer team

CHAMPAIGN — Penn State scored in the opening minute, sending the 11th-ranked Nittany Lions to a runaway 4-0 victory Sunday against the Illinois soccer team.

Penn State led 3-0 at halftime, outshooting the Illini (5-4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) 10-4.

Soccer stays perfect in Big Ten

CHAMPAIGN — Freshman Taylore Peterson notched her second goal of the season, snapping a scoreless match in the second half and lifting Illinois to a 1-0 Big Ten victory against Ohio State.

Kassidy Brown and Nicole Breece assisted for the Illini, who improved to 5-3-1 and 2-0-0 in league play,

Welcome Back, Vanessa!

The Illini All-American wasted no time making her presence felt in the Big Ten opener.

DiBernardo, Illini win league opener

CHAMPAIGN — It took one shot for the Illinois soccer team to realize how much it missed Vanessa DiBernardo.

The Illini struggled to score in the nonconference portion of their schedule, racking up just six goals in seven matches — including three in one match.

Illinois vs Iowa Soccer September 16 2012

Photos from the soccer match between Illinois and Iowa in Champaign, Ill. on . Sunday, September 16, 2012.


Soccer's goal: Score more

The Illini soccer team enters its Big Ten opener Sunday against visiting Iowa with a 3-3-1 record. Staff writer Jeff Huth pinpoints three key areas for Illinois as it looks to get on a roll:

The goal is goals

Vanessa DiBernardo: Golden girl!

Illini soccer player Vanessa DiBernardo returned to campus this week with a gold medal in hand and stories to tell from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Japan. Yes, the junior midfielder still is coping with jet lag, but she perks right up when asked about the title she and her U.S. teammates captured Saturday in Tokyo.

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.