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.
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.
The fan appreciation day for the UI women's soccer team is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium.
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.
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 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.
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.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue goalie Jocelyn Cavalier made several huge saves as the Boilermakers defeated Illinois 1-0 on Sunday in Big Ten Conference soccer.
The Illini (9-5-2, 3-4-2) were blanked for the second consecutive game.
CHAMPAIGN – No one tore their shirts off or anything, but 23 Illini, 743 fans and three refs will put Friday night's finish up there with any soccer play of the year.
It started with a free kick off the foot of Illinois midfielder Kelly Buszkiewicz, who let one rip from a good 45 yards away nearly two hours into her team's double-overtime marathon with Minnesota.
CHAMPAIGN – The name's Emily. But you can call her "Elvis."
Just like the public address announcer at Illinois' soccer stadium, who spotted Emily Brown's high school nickname in the media guide and now won't leave it alone.