Moline: Everything you need to know about Illini soccer

Next up for the Illini (2-0) is a home game against Ball State on Sunday afternoon. 

Illini find offensive rhythm in home opener

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.

For (soccer) openers, offense clicks

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.

Storyline No. 3: Soccer's situation

Each hour on the hour today, we'll preview the 2010-11 school year. Up third, the uncertain future of Illinois soccer.

DiBernardo a special talent

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.

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Soccer team tabbed seventh in league

PARK RIDGE — Illinois’ soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten preseason coaches poll, which was released Tuesday.
Penn State was selected to finish first, one season after earning the Big Ten Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year awards.
In 2009, the Nittany Lions went 13-6-2 overall, 8-1-1 Big Ten to claim their 12th consecutive conference crown.

UI soccer ties Mizzou in exhibition

CHAMPAIGN — Jordan Hilbrands scored her second goal in as many matches, lifting Illinois to a 2-2 exhibition tie against Missouri on Friday at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.
The Illini erased a 2-1 deficit when Hilbrands tallied late in the second half.
Freshman Megan Pawloski also scored her second goal of the exhibition season, on an assist by Marissa Mykines, to pull Illinois into a 1-1 tie in the first half.

Soccer team adds transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Christina Farrell, a transfer from Oregon, has joined the Illinois women’s soccer team.
The redshirt freshman is a 5-foot-6 defender who will be eligible for the 2010 season.

Law's contract extended

Illinois has agreed to extend women's basketball coach Jolette Law's contract two years through April 30, 2014. The recommendation will be acted on at Thursday's trustees meeting in Chicago.

Assistant men's basketball coach Jerrance Howard's base pay will be $180,000 through April 30, 2011. It goes to $190,000 in 2011-12, $200,000 in 2012-13 and $210,000 in 2013-14. If Howard remains at Illinois through 2014, he will receive a one-time $100,000 payment.