CHAMPAIGN – There have been seven hat tricks in the history of Illinois women's soccer.
Vanessa DiBernardo did them all one better Friday night.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gophers scored in the 71st minute – the first goal against the Illini since Sept. 3 – to send the Illinois soccer team to a 1-0 loss in a Big Ten opener.
Niki Read and Vanessa DiBernardo each registered three shots, but the No. 20 Illini couldn't find the back of the net against No. 18 Minnesota.
Jeff Huth's weekly review and preview of all things Illini:
PARK RIDGE — Illinois’ Colin Mickow was selected as the Big Ten co-Runner of the Week in men’s cross-country, the conference announced Tuesday.
The Illini junior finished second in the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Friday at Normal, completing the 8-kilometer race in a personal-best time of 24 minutes, 26 seconds. The Big Ten weekly award, which Mickow shared with Michigan State’s Aaron Simoneau, is the first of his career. The Princeton native is the first Illini to earn the honor since Jeremy Stevens was selected Sept. 23, 2008.
CHAMPAIGN – Senior Alexandra Kapicka stopped two shots for her third shutout of the season as Illinois beat Louisville 3-0 on Sunday in its final Big Ten tuneup.
Megan Pawloski, Shayla Mutz and Marissa Holden scored for the Illini (7-1), who open league play at Minnesota next Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN – The shutouts are piling up for the Illinois women's soccer team. So are the wins.
The Illini improved to 6-1 Friday night with a 1-0 victory against Louisiana State at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. The defensive battle was decided on Krystin Miller's penalty kick in the second half.
Staff writer Jeff Huth's weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — The Illinois golf team started its fall season in a familiar position — the lead.
The Illini opened a 7-stroke cushion on Central Florida heading into today’s final round at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate.