Staff writer Jeff Huth's weekly review and preview of all things Illini:
Urbana native and former Illini soccer All-American Ella Masar made her playing debut with the U.S. Women's Senior National Team late last month in Augsburg, Germany. News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth reached the 23-year-old forward, a member of the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer league, via e-mail for this Q&A:
Q: What was it like to get into a game for the first time with the Senior National Team?
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Angela Bizzarri finished a career-high second at the Big Ten cross-country meet Sunday, leading a pack of four All-Big Ten runners and helping the Illini women to a runner-up finish.
Bizzarri, who became Illinois' first four-time All-Big Ten first-teamer, ran the 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 10 seconds.
AUGSBURG, Germany — Abby Wambach’s goal led the United States to a 1-0 victory against world champion Germany on Thursday in a women’s soccer friendly.
Wambach scored for the Olympic gold medalists in the 34th minute after capitalizing on a defensive mistake by the Germans.
WINDERMERE, Fla. – The Illinois men's golf team opened the loaded Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in 10th place Sunday after an opening-round 306 (18 over par).
Luke Guthrie was tied for 14th, 5 strokes behind the leaders after shooting a 1-over 73.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Ohio State on Thursday at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.
The first-place Buckeyes (12-2-2, 5-1-1 Big Ten), who got two goals from Lauren Steuer and another from Tiffany Cameron, outshot the Illini 17-9.
CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois soccer team failed to find the back of the net Sunday in a 1-0 soccer loss to Wisconsin.
The Badgers, who had lost seven straight against Illinois (5-5-3) dating back to 2002, got the winner from Laurie Nosbusch in the 60th minute.
Spartans claim five-set thriller
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois began its first Big Ten road trip on a sour note.
CHAMPAIGN – When teammates tease Danielle Kot about being the iron woman of the Illinois soccer team, there's more to it than the junior's streak of playing every minute in the team's last 35 matches.
Kot was the talk of the team after each player's blood iron was measured before the season. The defender's ferritin level – which indicates how much iron is stored in the body – of 110 micrograms per liter was the highest on the team.