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2011-12 Illini: A look ahead

Don't look now, but the Illini sports schedule begins this week, with Janet Rayfield's women's soccer team hosting Gonzaga at 7 p.m. Friday in its season opener. With plenty more action to follow through next June, News-Gazette staff writer JEFF HUTH offers five storylines to get fans ready for a busy 2011-12 Illini calendar.

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DiBernardo: Rising star

URBANA — Vanessa DiBernardo blends in.

She sits on a patio chair overlooking the Main Quad on the Illinois campus. Trade out that "Illinois Soccer" T-shirt, and the 19-year-old would be another undergrad soaking in a spectacularly sunny weekday afternoon.

DiBernardo, Illini tie in soccer exhibition

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Vanessa DiBernardo tallied the lone goal for the Illinois women’s soccer team in a 1-1 draw against Missouri in an exhibition match Friday.

Masar seeks another shot

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ella Masar has packed a lifetime worth of unusual, exceptional and sometimes-unfortunate memories into the last five weeks.

The former Urbana and Illini soccer standout, now playing for south Florida-based magicJack in Women's Professional Soccer ...

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Masar making impact

Former Illini Ella Masar has three goals in 10 matches for her Women's Pro Soccer team in Boca Raton, Fla.

Masar making impact

Former Illini Ella Masar has three goals in 10 matches for her Women's Pro Soccer team in Boca Raton, Fla.

Rayfield talks World Cup

The Illinois soccer coach is with the U.S. team in Germany, working as a scout.

Rayfield talks World Cup

The Illinois soccer coach is with the U.S. team in Germany, working as a scout.

Illini Year In Review

Top male athletes

1. Mikel Leshoure, football. After roaring through 2010 season, junior All-America running back headed to NFL's Lions.