Illini win NCAA soccer opener


PULLMAN, Wash. — When Saturday’s NCAA tournament opener went to penalty kicks, Illinois was in its element.

UI soccer: NCAA preview

Minutes after the Illini were ousted from the Big Ten tournament Nov. 6, senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo and coach Janet Rayfield separately were asked about the possibility that the former had played her final collegiate match.

Soccer team reaches NCAA tourney

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ soccer team took an early exit in the Big Ten tournament, but coach Janet Rayfield’s club is continuing its journey: in the NCAA tournament.

The Illini (10-8-2) received an at-large bid Monday and will play Washington State at 3 p.m. Saturday in the first round in Pullman, Wash.

Nebraska, Iowa reach soccer final

CHAMPAIGN — Top-seeded Nebraska expected to play for the championship at the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament.

After their 3-1 semifinal victory Friday against fourth-seeded Indiana, the Cornhuskers will.

UI defense springs leak

CHAMPAIGN — After holding its previous three opponents to a total of three goals, the Illinois women’s soccer team thought it had fixed its sometimes-leaky defense.

Indiana wasted no time Wednesday proving the Illini wrong.

Illini soccer on NCAA bubble


CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s soccer team played its first and last match of the 2013 Big Ten tournament on Wednesday.

Big Ten Women's Soccer Tourney: Illinois vs. Indiana

Illinois and Indiana during their Big Ten Tournament Soccer match at the turf field at First and Stadium in Champaign,IL on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

Illini Soccer - Big Ten Tourney Time

Illini Week in Review

Big Ten tourney storylines

News-Gazette staff writer JEFF HUTH offers three storylines on the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament in Champaign.

Flaws back and better than ever

CHAMPAIGN — Janet Rayfield has fielded the question multiple times this season. From the media. From coaching colleagues. From inquiring minds who want to know:

“Who is this kid and where did she come from?”