ROCHESTER, Mich. — Illinois outshot Oakland 23-3 through the first 90 minutes of Sunday’s nonconference game. Seven of those shots were on goal. None found the back of the net.
The Illini kept up their offensive pressure in overtime, and junior Amy Feher delivered the golden goal in the 98th minute to give Illinois a 1-0 victory against the Grizzlies and its third straight win.
CHAMPAIGN — The first two sets of Illinois’ season opener against Long Beach State had their ragged moments. It’s to be expected in that first-match-of-the-year, feel-each-other-out kind of way. But after those ragged moments, the 11th-ranked Illini showed their ability to finish. They rallied from a late four-point deficit to win the first set and finished strong in an up-and-down second.
CHAMPAIGN — Bowling Green transfer Michelle Denley started at goalkeeper in Illinois’ season opener against Notre Dame last week. Last year’s starter Claire Wheatley came in at halftime to finish the game.
The same series of events happened two days later, and Denley and Wheatley combined for a clean sheet and six saves in the Illini’s 2-0 win against Louisville.
CHAMPAIGN — The shouts of excitement from the Illinois soccer locker room were easily audible in the lobby of the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration building Tuesday afternoon.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois rebounded after its season-opening loss to Notre Dame with a 2-0 victory against Louisville on Sunday afternoon at Illinois Soccer Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ prospects looked good through most of the first half of Friday’s season opener against Notre Dame.
The Illini had a 1-0 lead on freshman Abby Elinsky’s first career goal, and their defense — the focal point of spring and fall preseason practices — was getting stops against a persistent Irish attack.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield had to do some early season scrambling to fill out her starting lineup when junior midfielder Taylore Peterson was ruled out for the year after tearing her right ACL in practice Tuesday.