Soccer

Soccer

DeBruler, Bartsch lead parade of UI honorees

CHAMPAIGN – Michelle Bartsch was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Laura DeBruler was a unanimous All-Big Ten pick Monday when the league announced its postseason awards.

Bartsch, a right side hitter, is seventh in the league in blocks at 1.21 per set. She has been effective on offense as well, collecting 280 kills this season.

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Soccer falls in Sweet 16

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – One of the deepest postseason runs for Illinois women's soccer has ended.

The Illini lost 3-0 to North Carolina at Fetzer Field in front of 1,852 fans braving temperatures in the 30s.

UI goalie has Tar Heels on her mind

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — When Janet Rayfield leads her Illinois soccer team onto Fetzer Field on Saturday for an NCAA Sweet 16 matchup against North Carolina, the Tar Heels alum won't be the only Illini already familiar with the surroundings.

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Sweet 16 trip has Rayfield, Illini excited

Janet Rayfield is worried about Saturday's Sweet 16 soccer match at 18-time NCAA champ North Carolina.

Illini earn shot at Sweet 16

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The wait was worth it for Illinois coach Janet Rayfield's women's soccer team.

Sophomore forward Jordan Hilbrands scored in the 103rd minute, giving the Illini a 1-0 double-overtime victory against Memphis on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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Illini open with Memphis in NCAA tourney

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois soccer team has been holding its breath since a first-round loss in the Big Ten tournament last week threatened to push the Illini out of the NCAA tournament picture.

For the moment anyway, Janet Rayfield's squad can relax. Illinois will play Conference USA champion Memphis (15-4-2) in the first round of this year's national tournament at 4 p.m. Friday in Columbia, Mo.

Points back on PGA Tour

Former Illinois golfer D.A. Points will return to the PGA Tour in 2009 after finishing in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour’s money list this season.
Points, who played on the PGA Tour in 2005 and 2006 said he hopes to be able to stick around.

“I’ve grown a lot. I have a better understanding of what is going to make me better at my craft,” Points said. “Next year when I’m on the PGA Tour, hopefully I’ll be able to excel, not only to keep my card, but also win and become a great player out there.”