UI looks to senior scorer for postseason experience

   CHAMPAIGN  When they played club soccer and won all those state cups, Colleen Joyce and Sarah Rowland talked about playing on the same college team.

   Joyce and Rowland, who have played together for about 10 years, both took recruiting trips to Utah. But the players ended up going their separate ways.

Illini goalie takes honor

   For the second time this season, Illinois freshman Leisha Alcia has earned Big Ten women''s soccer defensive player of the week honors. Alcia stopped five shots in the UI''s 4-1 win against Iowa before registering her third shutout in Sunday''s 1-0 win against Illinois State.

   The win against Iowa secured the Illini''s best Big Ten finish (6-3-1).

UI freshman goalie making a soccer impact

CHAMPAIGN - The weather hasn't been much of a problem. And adjusting to college life has been a breeze, although practicing across the street from South Farms has been different.

Not much has fazed Leisha Alcia since coming to Illinois from Mississauga, Ontario - a suburb of Toronto - to begin her college soccer career.

Illini soccer tops Spartans

It was the perfect way for Illinois to finish a weekend and start the Big Ten soccer season.

The surging Illini used goals from freshman Tara Hurless and Tara Schuling, and the defense allowed just one shot on goal in the 2-0 victory against Michigan State on Sunday in Champaign.

Syracuse soccer sinks host Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - Just like the crazy fans with the baking pans and spatulas, Illinois women´s soccer coach Tricia Taliaferro wanted her club to make a lot of noise Friday night in the Orange and Blue Classic at Illinois Field.

But while the two young men with the cooking untensils made quite a commotion, the Illini´s offensive attack was silenced by a stifling Syracuse defense. Illinois managed four shots on goal as Syracuse won the match 2-1.

Classic reunion for Ellis

As the Illinois football team was pounding California in Berkeley last weekend, the Illini had a very interested fan down the coast in Los Angeles.

Jillian Ellis is entering her third year as UCLA's women's soccer coach, but she still feels a part of the Illinois team she started and then left after the 1998 season.

UI soccer team wants to be among league elite

CHAMPAIGN – Maggie Kellett smiles and says her Illinois women's soccer team isn't looking ahead to Oct. 14, the day the Illini host Penn State. Rebecca (Patrick) Johnson rolls her eyes and says the Illini have a great rivalry with the Nittany Lions, but it's not tearing her apart.

Top scorer leaves UI soccer team

CHAMPAIGN – Emily Brown's name is all over the record books for the Illinois women's soccer team. Unfortunately for the Illini, it's nowhere to be found on the roster.

During the team's recent trip to England, the program's all-time leading scorer announced she was leaving the team for "personal reasons." So Illinois begins its 2001 season Friday afternoon at Iowa State without its two-time All-Big Ten performer.

UI soccer sitting in poll

The Illinois soccer team has set another first.

Tricia Taliaferro's bunch has its first national ranking, taking the 23rd spot in Soccer Buzz magazine's collegiate Top 25.

Soccer team makes progress

The UI soccer went 2-2 on a 12-day training trip in Scotland and England.