Soccer

Soccer

Soccer falls in first round of NCAAs

Southern Cal eliminates Illini 3-1.

5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

Janet Rayfield's Illini are facing USC in a first-round match in the NCAA women's soccer tournament in South Bend, Ind. Friday's opener started at 4 p.m. C-U time.

Hilbrands skips redshirt for tourney

CHAMPAIGN – The two options confronting Jordan Hilbrands could not have been more different.

Return to action from an injury, but with the guarantee of no more than a handful of matches – perhaps as few as two – and the certainty this would be the end of her college soccer career.

5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

When the NCAA selection committee bracketed the 64-team field, it did No. 13 Illinois no favors. Or No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 22 Southern Cal, for that matter. All three were assigned to South Bend for the first and second rounds.

DiBernardo rates top freshman honor

PARK RIDGE — Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year in women’s soccer, the conference announced Wednesday.
DiBernardo, who also earned a spot on the 11-player All-Big Ten first team, leads the league in goals (11) and points (27).

5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

Illinois soccer standout Vanessa DiBernardo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year today. The Naperville native has 27 points on 11 goals and five assists heading into Friday's NCAA tournament opener against USC.

Illini soccer ranked 13th

NCAA first-round match vs. USC to start at 4 p.m. Friday

5 o'clock shadow

News you can't leave work without:

After a one-year absence, the Illini women's soccer team is headed back to the NCAA tournament. Illinois earned an at-large berth in the 64-team field and will face Southern California on Friday in the first round at South Bend, Ind.

Illini hoping for soccer tourney call

CHAMPAIGN – Niki Read's second-half goal off a pass from Vanessa DiBernardo lifted Illinois to a 1-0 win against Northwestern in the regular-season finale Saturday.

"Niki was able to put one away," UI coach Janet Rayfield said. "We just needed one. We had chances, in the second half especially, and it was just great for her to put one away."

Women's golfers finish third

AUSTIN, Texas — Katelin Dilger and Ember Schuldt tied for 11th at 11 over par, leading Illinois’ women’s golf team to third place Tuesday at the Challenge at Onion Creek.
Dilger carded a final-round 76 and Schuldt an 83 for the Illini, who finished at 890, 6 strokes behind first-place Iowa State and 1 stroke behind Arkansas-Little Rock.