Soccer team tabbed seventh in league

PARK RIDGE — Illinois’ soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten preseason coaches poll, which was released Tuesday.
Penn State was selected to finish first, one season after earning the Big Ten Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year awards.
In 2009, the Nittany Lions went 13-6-2 overall, 8-1-1 Big Ten to claim their 12th consecutive conference crown.

UI soccer ties Mizzou in exhibition

CHAMPAIGN — Jordan Hilbrands scored her second goal in as many matches, lifting Illinois to a 2-2 exhibition tie against Missouri on Friday at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.
The Illini erased a 2-1 deficit when Hilbrands tallied late in the second half.
Freshman Megan Pawloski also scored her second goal of the exhibition season, on an assist by Marissa Mykines, to pull Illinois into a 1-1 tie in the first half.

Soccer team adds transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Christina Farrell, a transfer from Oregon, has joined the Illinois women’s soccer team.
The redshirt freshman is a 5-foot-6 defender who will be eligible for the 2010 season.

Law's contract extended

Illinois has agreed to extend women's basketball coach Jolette Law's contract two years through April 30, 2014. The recommendation will be acted on at Thursday's trustees meeting in Chicago.

Assistant men's basketball coach Jerrance Howard's base pay will be $180,000 through April 30, 2011. It goes to $190,000 in 2011-12, $200,000 in 2012-13 and $210,000 in 2013-14. If Howard remains at Illinois through 2014, he will receive a one-time $100,000 payment.

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Assembly Hall naming rights to BP

Spring Sports Festival preview

The Illini Spring Sports Festival begins a three-day run today, highlighted by football's spring game at 1 p.m. Saturday. But there's plenty more on tap for Illini fans, so we asked staff writer JEFF HUTH for a rundown of the remainder of the schedule. Admission and parking to all events is free.


Zymkowitz leads softball on road

EVANSTON – Danielle Zymkowitz and Meredith Hackett had two hits apiece as No. 18 Illinois thumped Northwestern 13-1 Saturday in Big Ten softball.

The Illini (25-4, 1-1 Big Ten) broke it open with seven runs in the sixth inning. Pitcher Monica Perry allowed two hits and a walk.

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