BRIDGEVIEW – Ella Masar was ready to walk away.
Soccer had been good to her. No doubt about that. The former Urbana and Illini standout lived to play it, rarely spent longer than a day without touching a ball and never let the sport stray from her thoughts.
STORRS, Conn. — The Illinois soccer team absorbed its first loss of the season when Jessica Shufelt scored 3 minutes, 8 seconds into the second overtime, lifting Connecticut to a 2-1 victory Friday.
The goal was Shufelt’s second of the match and third of the season.
Illinois (3-1) erased a 1-0 deficit when Jordan Hilbrands converted a corner kick in the 72nd minute. Marissa Mykines and Danielle Kot assisted on Hilbrands’ second goal of the season.
Tennisrecruiting.net is reporting that Michelle Dasso's Illini women's team has received commitments from two high school seniors: Melissa Kopinski of Palos Hills Stagg and Julia Jamieson of Wilmette Loyola Academy. Kopinski placed fourth in singles at the 2009 IHSA state tournament. Tennisrecruiting.net rates Kopinski as a blue chip five-star recruit and ranks her No. 23 nationally in the Class of 2011. Jamieson, a four-star recruit, is ranked 59th in her class. Kopinski is the twin sister of UI men's commitment Tim Kopinski, a four-star recruit from Stagg.
CHAMPAIGN – The hot start to Vanessa DiBernardo's freshman season continued Sunday as the midfielder tallied the opening goal in a 3-0 victory against Ball State.
With the win, Illinois has outscored its opponents 8-1 during a 3-0 getaway to start the season. DiBernardo has been at the center of the action, leading the Illini with three goals and seven points.
Next up for the Illini (2-0) is a home game against Ball State on Sunday afternoon.
CHAMPAIGN – Vanessa DiBernardo, Nicole Denenberg and Jenna Carosio scored as Illinois pulled away in the second half to beat Wright State 3-1 in its home opener Tuesday.
The Illini (2-0) broke a 1-1 halftime tie by dominating offensively. For the match, they outshot the Raiders 34-4.
CHICAGO – Freshman Vanessa DiBernardo had a hand in each of the Illinois soccer team's goals Friday night in a season-opening 2-0 victory against Loyola.
Senior defender Danielle Kot lifted the Illini to a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of the first half, heading in a corner kick from DiBernardo. The goal was Kot's first since her freshman season in 2007.
Each hour on the hour today, we'll preview the 2010-11 school year. Up third, the uncertain future of Illinois soccer.
CHAMPAIGN – Mention the term game face and it conjures images of an intense expression. All serious and steely-eyed. Maybe even a hint of anger.
Then there's Vanessa DiBernardo.