CHAMPAIGN – Before Monday's unveiling of the NCAA women's soccer tournament field, Illinois was assured of two things:
– The Big Ten tournament runner-ups were NCAA-bound for the fourth straight year;
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The sting from Sunday's loss to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament title match shouldn't last long for Illinois' soccer team.
Not with the NCAA tournament pairings due out this afternoon.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. ý The Illinois soccer team has beaten Penn State once this season. If the Illini do it again, they'll have a trophy to show for it.
Top-seeded Penn State and second-seeded Illinois meet at 12:30 today for the Big Ten tournament title. The Nittany Lions' only league loss came against Illinois, 3-2, on Oct. 1.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Get ready for the rematch: Penn State against Illinois.
The second-seeded Illini defeated third-seeded Purdue 1-0 on Friday to earn a spot in Sunday's Big Ten tournament final against the top-seeded Nittany Lions.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Eva Strickland made sure Illinois' streak in the Big Ten women's soccer tournament stayed alive.
Strickland scored the game-winning goal and had an assist as the 17th-ranked Illini defeated Wisconsin 3-0 on Thursday in the first round.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois volleyball coach Don Hardin is getting tired of moral victories.
Hardin's team, which has battled through recent injuries, lost 30-25, 25-30, 30-26, 30-27 to Northwestern on Wednesday night.
CHAMPAIGN – During a chance meeting last summer with her former high school soccer coach, Ella Masar heard this supremely confident prediction:
"This is your year – junior year," Randy Blackman told the Illinois forward. "Just like high school."
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Jessica Bayne scored in the 68th minute to lead the 16th-ranked Illinois soccer team to a 1-0 victory against Iowa on Friday.
The Illini (12-6, 8-2 Big Ten) finished the regular season with the most conference wins in the program's history. The team is seeded second in next week's Big Ten tournament and will face Wisconsin in State College, Pa.