UI seniors Lantz, Schueller basking in soccer glow

CHAMPAIGN – Julie Schueller can remember the day another Wisconsin prep coach told her Illinois was starting a women's soccer team.

The Mequon, Wis., native had led her high school to the state championship as a junior and was looking for a chance to play college soccer in 1997.

Young players step into starring roles on league teams

Illinois' Emily Brown worries more about building a program than filling her own trophy case.

That's a good thing. Brown is the Illini's all-time scoring leader and has been one of the top players in the country the past two years, and the junior might never be named Big Ten Player of the Year.

After sojourn to Montana, Joyce happy to be home

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois'' Colleen Joyce never was much of an outdoors type growing up in McHenry.

   She wasn''t much for hiking, and she got her kicks scoring goals instead of careening down mountains on a snowboard.

Anderson shuts door on foes

   CHAMPAIGN  Sarah Anderson and her teammates couldn''t remember any spectacular diving saves or leaping catches during the Illinois soccer team''s three-game shutout streak.

   The goalkeeper just recalls good decisions and relatively easy chances behind an improving, stifling defense.

Illini soccer makes best of situation

CHAMPAIGN – Talk about coming through.

The Illinois soccer team couldn't have picked a better weekend (homecoming) or a better outcome (back-to-back shutouts of Purdue and Indiana) at a better time (there's one game left in the Big Ten season).

Illinois junior rebounds from injury to pay dividends

CHAMPAIGN – If Rebecca Patrick wanted to erase most of 1999 from her memory, you couldn't blame her.

The Illinois junior was in a horrific automobile accident that hospitalized her boyfriend, and she suffered a season-ending knee injury within a matter of months.

Penn State blanks UI soccer team

Sixth-ranked Penn State got two goals and an assist from sophomore Christie Welsh on Friday night as the Nittany Lions shut out Illinois 3-0 in State College, Pa.

Illinois slips at home

   CHAMPAIGN  It is difficult to win on the road in the Big Ten Conference, as the Illinois football team learned Saturday. But on Sunday, the Illinois soccer team found out it''s not easy to win at home.

   Emily Brown scored her seventh goal of the season in the first half, but the Illini lost 4-1 to Michigan. Illinois (7-4, 3-2 Big Ten) dropped to 5-1 at home this season.

Weekend key for Illini soccer team

CHAMPAIGN – The bus ride back from Normal was as quiet as a funeral last Friday. And that's rare.

The Illinois women's soccer team had just suffered its most disappointing loss of the season, 2-0 at Illinois State, and their mood was horrible.

So after Saturday's practice, the Illini players called a team meeting. No coaches. Nothing held back.

Illinois soccer rolling

   There was an Elvis sighting Sunday at Illinois Field.

   Illini junior midfielder Emily "Elvis" Brown scored a first-half goal as the Illini beat previously undefeated Michigan State 2-1 in Big Ten soccer action.

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