UI forecast calls for good chance of Bayne

CHAMPAIGN – It was a couple of days before the Big Ten tournament, and Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield was talking about players who could make a difference. After Jessica Bayne walked by, Rayfield mentioned Bayne was an Illini poised for a postseason run.

Rayfield's words proved prophetic as Bayne earned all-tournament recognition after scoring the game-winning goal against Minnesota and posting an assist against Michigan.

Illini get another chance

CHAMPAIGN – Since walking off the field Friday after a loss in the Big Ten tournament, Kelly Campbell was nervous about Monday's NCAA soccer tournament selection show.

For the first time in a couple of years, Campbell and the Illini were on the bubble to make the 64-team field. So they crowded around a TVat a steamy Atkins Tennis Center and sweated it out.

Upset leaves Illinois in holding pattern

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It's all over but the waiting now for Illinois soccer.

After a 2-1 loss to eighth-seeded Michigan in Friday's Big Ten tournament semifinal, the fourth-seeded Illini will have to sit tight until Monday to learn their NCAA tournament fate.

Illini players earn awards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Illinois senior defender Christen Karniski was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten on Wednesday, and teammates Marti Desjarlais and Emily Zurrer were named to the All-Freshman Team at an awards banquet preceding the league's soccer tournament.

Masar ready to pitch in

CHAMPAIGN – Her housemates like to call her the "Trash Lady," and that's got as much to do with Ella Masar's chores around the pad as her penchant for talking smack.

Masar is one of seven Illinois soccer players who live in a house in Champaign. And she doesn't mind doing a little dirty work.

Who's that Illini?

I was named the soccer team's most valuable player in 2001. Colleen Joyce received a bit more notoriety than I did, but my contributions weren't overlooked. I finished my career in 2002 with 14 goals and 13 assists.

UI grateful senior has been durable, good

CHAMPAIGN – There certainly were bumps and bruises along the way, and Christen Karniski never imagined playing every match of her career.

But tonight against Iowa, Karniski will start her 85th career match, and the Big Ten tourney opener will tie her with Tara Hurless for most career starts.

Illini fall at Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Illinois allowed two second-half goals and fell to Minnesota 2-1 on Sunday.

Natasha Karniski scored 2:51 into the game for Illinois.

Tony Bleill's Illini Q&A

This week's guest: Ella Masar.

Who's that Illini?

I'm considered the best goalkeeper in UI's soccer history. I received several All-American honors in 2003, and I own the season and career school records for saves and shutouts.