Illini must stay sharp to cut down Nittany Lions

CHAMPAIGN – At least two things truly distinguish Paula Faherty from the rest of her teammates.

The midfielder is the lone fifth-year senior on the Illinois women's soccer team. She's also the only current Illini ever to have beaten Penn State.

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Bayne fuels Illini soccer victory

EVANSTON – Jessica Bayne scored twice to lead the 19th-ranked Illinois women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory Sunday at Northwestern.

Bayne scored with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half off a feed from Urbana product Ella Masar.

Illinois pelts Badger goalie

MADISON, Wis. – Eva Strickland scored the winning goal to lead the No. 19 Illinois women's soccer team to a 4-2 victory against Wisconsin on Friday in a Big Ten opener.

The goal total was the most by Illinois (5-4) against Wisconsin. The four goals also were the second most in Illini history in a conference opener.

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Nweke scores three goals in Illini win

Freshman Chichi Nweke scored three goals to lead the 18th-ranked Illini to a 4-1 victory over No. 12 Utah on Sunday in Champaign.

Jackie Santacaterina had a pair of assists for the Illini.

Illini fall in double overtime

ST. LOUIS – Illinois midfielder Marti Desjarlais scored on a header from forward Eva Strickland, but coach Janet Rayfield's women's soccer team lost 2-1 to St. Louis in double overtime Thursday night.

Soccer America honors Zurrer

CHAMPAIGN – Defender Emily Zurrer received two more honors after leading Illinois to a pair of shutout victories and scoring a match-winning goal last weekend.

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Ogren places ninth at invite

TOLEDO, Ohio – Illinois junior Mark Ogren carded a 3-over-par 74 Tuesday and finished ninth at the sixth annual Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational.