Soccer

Illini soccer team fires blanks on road

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue goalie Jocelyn Cavalier made several huge saves as the Boilermakers defeated Illinois 1-0 on Sunday in Big Ten Conference soccer.

The Illini (9-5-2, 3-4-2) were blanked for the second consecutive game.


Brown, Illini use heads in overtime

CHAMPAIGN – No one tore their shirts off or anything, but 23 Illini, 743 fans and three refs will put Friday night's finish up there with any soccer play of the year.

It started with a free kick off the foot of Illinois midfielder Kelly Buszkiewicz, who let one rip from a good 45 yards away nearly two hours into her team's double-overtime marathon with Minnesota.


UI's Brown taking soccer by storm statewide

CHAMPAIGN – The name's Emily. But you can call her "Elvis."

Just like the public address announcer at Illinois' soccer stadium, who spotted Emily Brown's high school nickname in the media guide and now won't leave it alone.


Illinois records soccer shutout

Sophomore Lisa Baldwin scored two goals as Illinois blanked Boston University 3-0 on Friday in women's soccer at the Northwestern Invitational in Evanston.


Illini drink from Mountaineer Cup

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Davy Crockett has nothing on the Illinois women's soccer team.

The Illini, playing in the first Mountaineer Cup tournament hosted by West Virginia, took home the crown with Sunday's 3-0 victory against Duquesne.


Big Ten honor goes to Illini

Lisa Baldwin's three-goal weekend made her Illinois' all-time leading scorer and the Big Ten's first soccer Player of the Week.


Baldwin sparks Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – She gets knocked down, but she gets up again.

Illinois' Lisa Baldwin had to be helped off the field when she twisted her ankle in the first half of Sunday's game against Eastern Illinois, but she returned after intermission to score her second and third goals of the season and lead the Illini to a 3-0 victory.


Illini have a field day

CHAMPAIGN – A record crowd, a lot of offense and a win against a 1998 NCAA tournament team.

Can't be a better way to christen a new stadium than the way Illinois' women's soccer team and its fans went about it under the lights Friday night.


UI goalie Bessette still part of the club

CHAMPAIGN – When Amy Bessette sticks her head out of Illinois' goal tonight, she'll see 120 yards of freshly mowed Kentucky bluegrass, several hundred fans in the stands and teammates running around in snazzy new uniforms.

It's a far cry from the Illinois women's soccer scene she experienced when she first arrived on campus.


Soccer coach gives Illinois some stability

CHAMPAIGN – A few things you should know about the new woman in charge of Illini soccer: She has a yellow belt in tae kwon do, her players jokingly call her "Fatty Patty" and she's believed to be the only coach on campus taking acoustic guitar lessons.

"We'll do the national anthem sometime," Tricia Taliaferro said with a laugh.


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