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.

New UI soccer coach will impart own championship experience to Illini

   As the school''s first 30-goal scorer, Janet Rayfield was the first star in a long line of soccer talent for the storied North Carolina women''s program.

   She was a freshman when the program began in 1979, and the four-year captain helped take the Tar Heels to a national championship by her junior year. Rayfield helped start a dynasty that has accounted for 17 national titles, and she paid attention to the process.

Illini seeking soccer coach

   Illinois women''s soccer will begin its sixth season with its third head coach.

   Tricia Taliaferro, who led Illinois to a 38-24-3 record and two NCAA tournament appearances, has taken the head coaching job at Miami (Fla.).

Squad adds five players

UI soccer coach Tricia Taliaferro received national letters of intent from five players on Wednesday: defender Kelly Campbell, midfielder Paula Faherty, defender Christen Karniski, midfielder Natasha Karniski and forward Laura Redmond.

Joyce, Hurless honored

   UI senior midfielder Colleen Joyce and freshman forward Tara Hurless were selected to the Great Lakes Region''s second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

A painful ending

   When Illinois soccer coach Tricia Taliaferro talked about Friday''s first-round NCAA tournament match against Syracuse, she used the words

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