Illinois goalie grabs honor

Four shutouts in a row has people other than the Illini''s opponents recognizing the play of goalkeeper Leisha Alcia.
Alcia, a junior from Mississauga,Ontario, Canada, shared BigTen defensive player of the week with Purdue goalie Lauren Mason after both keepers posted shutouts during the weekend.

Illini soccer loses in OT

   Illinois took No. 11 Auburn to overtime Sunday, but the unbeaten Tigers prevailed 2-1 in a nonconference women''s soccer match in Alabama.

   Reigning SEC player of the year Sarah Steinman scored both Auburn goals, including the game-winner seven minutes into overtime. Illinois fell to 2-2.

Kolze, Walker pace Illinois'' road victory

   ATHENS, Ga.  Illinois'' soccer team struggled on the road last season, but it enjoyed its first trip away from home this season.

   Meghan Kolze and Tiffani Walker each scored a goal in the Illini''s 2-1 victory Friday against Georgia in front of 3,312 fans.

Ridgeway, Hurless double their fun

   Juniors Andrea Ridgeway and Tara Hurless each scored two goals, leading Illinois to a 6-0 victory against Ohio at the Illini Cup on Sunday in Champaign.

Illini coach settling in for second season

CHAMPAIGN  Before Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther hired Janet Rayfield as his women''s soccer coach last summer, he had a long list of questions for the North Carolina graduate.

And one of them was a whopper.

Illini Soccer: Bayne scores hat trick

   Freshman Jessica Bayne scored three goals and Tara Hurless added one to lead Illinois to a 4-0 exhibition victory against host Marquette on Friday night.

   Bayne scored two minutes into the match for the Illini, who open the season next Friday against Oakland.

Walker, Frank give Illini soccer boost

   FAIRFAX, Va.  Tiffani Walker''s late goal and Rachel Frank''s clutch goaltending led Illinois to a 1-0 women''s soccer victory against the host school at Sunday''s George Mason Invitational.

   Walker converted a rebound of freshman Laura Redmond''s shot at the 83:24 mark. It was Redmond''s first career assist and Walker''s second goal this season.

Illinois soccer

   Illini fall. Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia made eight saves but Illinois'' women''s soccer team fell to 0-2 with a 1-0 defeat against Kentucky on Sunday in the Nike Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo.

   The Wildcats scored the game''s lone goal in the second half.

Illini believe they have the right mix to make Big Ten waves

   CHAMPAIGN  There''s no better expert on Illinois soccer than Rebecca Johnson. She''s been around for five of the program''s six years, has gone through three head coaches and has seen the Illini go from the Big Ten basement to the conference championship game.

   She knows what she''s talking about.

Illini exhibit strength

Alaree Gunville scored on a cross from Hollie Schurr with 2:46 left in regulation, giving Illinois a 1-0 exhibition victory against Evansville on Saturday at Illini Field. The Illini outshot the Aces 21-2.

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