CHAMPAIGN — Bowling Green transfer Michelle Denley started at goalkeeper in Illinois’ season opener against Notre Dame last week. Last year’s starter Claire Wheatley came in at halftime to finish the game.
The same series of events happened two days later, and Denley and Wheatley combined for a clean sheet and six saves in the Illini’s 2-0 win against Louisville.
CHAMPAIGN — The shouts of excitement from the Illinois soccer locker room were easily audible in the lobby of the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration building Tuesday afternoon.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois rebounded after its season-opening loss to Notre Dame with a 2-0 victory against Louisville on Sunday afternoon at Illinois Soccer Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ prospects looked good through most of the first half of Friday’s season opener against Notre Dame.
The Illini had a 1-0 lead on freshman Abby Elinsky’s first career goal, and their defense — the focal point of spring and fall preseason practices — was getting stops against a persistent Irish attack.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield had to do some early season scrambling to fill out her starting lineup when junior midfielder Taylore Peterson was ruled out for the year after tearing her right ACL in practice Tuesday.
On the Illini
Illinois held a late 2-0 lead on Indiana State in its lone exhibition Sunday.
The goal scorers? A pair of sophomores.
CHAMPAIGN — The question marks for the Illinois soccer defense are there, but dwindling. Plenty of returning starters, including goalkeeper Claire Wheatley, and an offseason full of shoring up that back line have the Illini moving in the right direction.