Illini's Leman, Zurrer garner more awards

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois linebacker J Leman was named an honorable mention All-American by Sports

The magazine lists him as one of the top 15 linebackers in the country.

Masar, Zurrer highlight squad

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois junior forward Ella Masar, an Urbana graduate, and sophomore defender Emily Zurrer were selected to Soccer Buzz's All-Great Lakes Region first team Tues-day.

UI junior midfielder Kristy Weeks was a second-team selection, and junior defender Mary Therese McDonnell earned a spot on the third team.

Soccer players clean up in class

CHAMPAIGN – Ten Illinois soccer players, including second-team All-American Ella Masar and third-team All-American Emily Zurrer, were named Academic All-Big Ten.

UI's Masar earns honor

CHAMPAIGN – Two Illinois players have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-America team.

Junior forward Ella Masar was named to the second team, while sophomore defender Emily Zurrer earned a third-team spot. Both also were selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region first team.

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Zurrer rates first-team spot

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois sophomore defender Emily Zurrer earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer's Team of the Season first team.

Soccer team falls short

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Janet Rayfield's Illinois women's soccer team got the chance it wanted Sunday, but came up just short.

Florida State scored in the 20th minute and the Illinois defense held tough to keep the match within reach, but the Illini couldn't break through in losing 1-0 to Florida State in the Round of 16 at the NCAA tournament.

Illini, Seminoles playing angles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It's barely been six months since Eric Bell left the University of Illinois, and already it's reunion time.

Today, the first-year Florida State assistant will coach against his former employer when the Illini come to town for an NCAA Sweet 16 women's soccer match that starts at noon (CST).

Illinois heads to Sweet 16 with momentum

ST. LOUIS – Reaching the Sweet 16 is nothing new for Janet Rayfield's Illinois soccer program.

The dominating way in which the Illini advanced Sunday, however, was a pleasant surprise.