Big Ten cites Illini Zurrer

PARK RIDGE – Emily Zurrer, who anchored the Illinois defense in a shutout of No. 9 Florida last weekend, was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week in women's soccer on Monday.

The junior defender played on the back line for the entire match, helping limit the visiting Gators to five shots in a 1-0 Illini victory on Friday. In three of its previous four matches this season, Florida had scored at least two goals

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Masar's late score swamps No. 9 Gators

CHAMPAIGN – Urbana product Ella Masar's goal in the 84th minute lifted the Illinois women's soccer team to a 1-0 win against No. 9 Florida on Friday evening in Champaign.

"(Coach Rayfield) said you (have to) come out here and you have to play hard and you have to go at (them) every minute," Masar said. "We play together and I think that really helped. It wasn't one person individually; we all played together as a team."

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Soccer team shuts out Mastadons

Los Angeles – The UI soccer team got goals from four different players – Kara Gostisha, Laura Knutson, Christina Sahly and Urbana product Ella Masar – en route to a 4-0 win against Cal State Northridge on Sunday at the UCLA Women's Cup.

UCLA uses hat trick to edge UI

LOS ANGELES – Laura Knutson and Emily Zurrer each scored, but seventh-ranked UCLA defeated Illinois 4-2 on Friday in the first match of the 2007 UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium.

The Bruins received a hat trick from senior Danesha Adams, who gave UCLA a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on a breakaway.

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Opening defeat pains Masar, UI

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois senior forward Ella Masar played through the pain.

What hurt worse was the Illini's 3-1 loss against Missouri after Masar staked her team to an early lead Friday night.

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Hilbrands steps up after Masar injury

CHAMPAIGN – Jordan Hilbrands had some big shoes to fill Sunday in Illinois' exhibition finale against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Consider those shoes splitting at the seams.

The freshman out of Bexley, Ohio, entered the match as a substitute for 2006 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Ella Masar after Masar sustained an injury, and found the back of the net in the 19th minute to help the 20th-ranked Illini to a 1-0 victory.