Hilbrands, soccer blank UCSB

CHAMPAIGN – Jordan Hilbrands scored two goals and Niki Read also connected as the 11th-ranked Illini soccer team shut out UC Santa Barbara 3-0 on Sunday in the finale of the Illini Challenge Cup.

UCLA tops Illini on late goal

No. 9 UCLA wins on late goal; volleyball team swept

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Jillian Ellis: Always welcome in C-U

LOS ANGELES – Jillian Ellis has a craving for the waffles at Aunt Sonya's restaurant. And no trip back to Champaign would be complete for the original architect of the Illinois women's soccer program without a stop at Cafe Kopi.

Sorry, Coach, but only half of your palate-pleasing dining plans for this weekend can be satisfied. Aunt Sonya's is no more, closing its doors for good in 2005.

Hilbrands paces UI soccer

DENVER — Jordan Hilbrands scored her second and third goals of the season to lead the No. 13 Illinois women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory against No. 18 Colorado on Friday at the DU Invitational.
Hilbrands connected on both of her shot attempts and now is 3 of 6 through two matches. The junior forward broke a scoreless tie in the 31st minute on an assist by Courtney Bell. Hilbrands gave Illinois (2-0) a two-goal lead with an unassisted goal in the second half.

Tate: Illini arrow pointing up

As prospective members of the 2013 graduating class, you hit your first classes today at a most exciting time sportswise. The Illini have so many arrows pointing up, they look like a porcupine.

Pet of 'Extreme Makeover' family runs away

The Nathan Montgomery family pet, Samson, is on the run, according to Becky Rowe, general manager of Hendrick House in Urbana, where the father of Nathan Montgomery works.

Illinois blanks Illinois State in soccer

CHAMPAIGN — The 17th-ranked Illinois soccer team opened its regular season in dominating fashion Friday night.

The Illini bolted out of the gates with a pair of goals in the first five minutes, then turned to their trademark lockdown defense in a 4-0 victory against the Redbirds.

Game on for UI soccer

The Illini women's soccer team opens at 7 p.m. Friday with a No. 17 ranking and its eyes on a seventh straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Staff writer Jeff Huth's five things you need to know about Janet Rayfield's squad heading into its 2009 debut against Illinois State at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium:


UI soccer squad edges Cincinnati

CHAMPAIGN — Junior forward Christina Sahly scored a goal in the 68th minute, giving Illinois a 1-0 victory against Cincinnati in an exhibition match Friday.

Soccer ranked and ready

Janet Rayfield's Illini kick off the season with an exhibition soccer match against Cincinnati at 4 p.m. Friday.