Soccer falls in shootout

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two overtimes and six shootout attempts weren’t enough to decide Thursday night’s Big Ten soccer tournament quarterfinal between Illinois and Michigan State.

Jamie Alvis missed on Illinois’ sixth shootout attempt. Michigan State’s Courtney Shegos didn’t, and the Spartans won 1-0 for a shot at top-seeded Penn State in the semifinals.

Zurrer makes soccer history

Illinois soccer player Emily Zurrer was named to the All-Big Ten first team Wednesday, becoming the first three-time first-teamer in the program's history.

The senior defender also received the award in 2006 and 2007.

League soccer tourney might end

IOWA CITY, Iowa – This weekend's Big Ten women's soccer tournament could be the conference's last.

Unhappy with the current format, league coaches were unable to come up with an alternative that was acceptable to its group and to school athletic officials.

Soccer team plants seed

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' seniors capped their home careers with a 1-0 Big Ten women's soccer victory against Purdue on Friday night.

Senior defender Emily Zurrer scored the game- winning goal on an assist from senior midfielder Marti Desjarlais in the 27th minute.

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Second-half surge lifts soccer team

CHAMPAIGN – They say "home is where the heart is." For the Illinois soccer team, home is where the wins are.

Chichi Nweke scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season and Laura Knutson put the game on ice with her first score of the year as the Illini beat Ohio State 2-0 on Sunday for their 14th victory in the last 15 matches at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.

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Volleyball bounces back with block party

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois volleyball team rebounded from Friday's five-set loss to Northwestern in style Sunday with a straight-set (27-25, 25-17, 25-22) win against No. 19 Wisconsin at Huff Hall.

Laura DeBruler led the charge offensively with 14 kills, while Johanna Bangert powered the defense with six blocks.

Soccer blanked in 0-2 weekend

A look at Sunday's Illinois athletics action:

Volleyball road trip off to a quick start

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Laura DeBruler had 11 kills and six digs as No. 19 Illinois opened a key road swing with a 25- 17, 25-23, 25-16 win at Ohio State.