Walker, Joyce help UI start on right foot

CHARLESTON – Tiffani Walker and Colleen Joyce each scored goals as Illinois defeated Eastern Illinois 2-0 on Friday in the season opener for both women's soccer teams.

In the 13th minute, Walker scored on a rebound after Lindsay Johnson's shot bounced away from Panthers goalie Jeanine Fredrick.

UI star returns to stage

CHAMPAIGN – Sarah Heggen sounds more like an art major than a soccer player when she talks about teammate Lisa Baldwin's propensity to blush.

When they were freshmen at Illinois, Baldwin took a speech communications course that included public speaking. When she'd get in front of the crowd, her face grew brighter than her red hair.

Quick studies

   The Illinois women''s soccer team has made great strides during its first three seasons. Here''s a look at five keys for the Illini to make their first NCAA tournament appearance in Year No. 4.

Illini take soccer scrimmage

CHAMPAIGN – Meghan Kolze and Tara Schuling scored as host Illinois topped Marquette 2-1 before a crowd of 400 in a women's soccer scrimmage Saturday night.

UI coach Tricia Taliaferro employed several combinations against Marquette in her team's tuneup to Friday's season opener at Eastern Illinois.

Soccer squad set to show its wares

CHAMPAIGN – After a season of firsts, the Illinois women's soccer team will get its first competition of the 2000 season today.

The Illini host Marquette in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at Illini Field.

Soccer appreciation today

The fan appreciation day for the UI women's soccer team is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium.

Four commit to UI

The Illinois women's soccer team added four recruits: Jennifer Smith, a midfielder from Tullahoma, Tenn.; Tiffani Walker, a forward from Bellevue, Wash.; Abby Goodman, a forward from Milwaukee; and Colleen Joyce, a midfielder who played at Johnsburg High School.

Illinois needs rest after trip west

DENVER – The Illinois women's soccer team couldn't sustain its Rocky Mountain high on Sunday, losing 3-2 in overtime to the University of Denver.

Coming off a 2-1 overtime victory against Colorado College on Friday, the Illini took a 2-0 halftime lead but couldn't hold on, giving up two goals in the final 20 minutes of regulation and the game-winner three minutes into overtime.

Illinois dumps its slump

Illinois State was in the wrong place at the wrong time Sunday afternoon.

The Redbirds were in the way of a hungry Illinois women's soccer team, who wasted no time in ending a three-game scoreless streak.

Illinois zeros in on postseason

CHAMPAIGN – Tricia Taliaferro is absolutely, positively, 100 percent sure her slumping Illini can turn it around in two weeks at the Big Ten women's soccer tournament.

Just as long as no one blows out a knee or flips out on a referee between now and then.

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