Next tournament on Illini's mind

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The sting from Sunday's loss to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament title match shouldn't last long for Illinois' soccer team.

Not with the NCAA tournament pairings due out this afternoon.

Familiar foe for UI soccer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. ý The Illinois soccer team has beaten Penn State once this season. If the Illini do it again, they'll have a trophy to show for it.

Top-seeded Penn State and second-seeded Illinois meet at 12:30 today for the Big Ten tournament title. The Nittany Lions' only league loss came against Illinois, 3-2, on Oct. 1.

Soccer team's in final

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Get ready for the rematch: Penn State against Illinois.

The second-seeded Illini defeated third-seeded Purdue 1-0 on Friday to earn a spot in Sunday's Big Ten tournament final against the top-seeded Nittany Lions.

Strickland shows way

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Eva Strickland made sure Illinois' streak in the Big Ten women's soccer tournament stayed alive.

Strickland scored the game-winning goal and had an assist as the 17th-ranked Illini defeated Wisconsin 3-0 on Thursday in the first round.

Northwestern bounces Illini spikers

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois volleyball coach Don Hardin is getting tired of moral victories.

Hardin's team, which has battled through recent injuries, lost 30-25, 25-30, 30-26, 30-27 to Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Like a fine wine, former Urbana star getting better with age

CHAMPAIGN – During a chance meeting last summer with her former high school soccer coach, Ella Masar heard this supremely confident prediction:

"This is your year – junior year," Randy Blackman told the Illinois forward. "Just like high school."

Bayne lifts Illini

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Jessica Bayne scored in the 68th minute to lead the 16th-ranked Illinois soccer team to a 1-0 victory against Iowa on Friday.

The Illini (12-6, 8-2 Big Ten) finished the regular season with the most conference wins in the program's history. The team is seeded second in next week's Big Ten tournament and will face Wisconsin in State College, Pa.

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Zurrer rates additional honors

PARK RIDGE – Illinois sophomore Emily Zurrer, a defender, was named to Soccer Buzz's Elite Team of the Week and Soccer America's Team of the Week on Wednesday.

Illini Fudge's ITA run ends

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois freshman Megan Fudge ended her deep run at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships on Monday with a loss to Colleen Rielley of Notre Dame, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals in East Lansing.

Fudge reached the semis after taking out Randi Schuler of Purdue, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, becoming the first Illini to make it past the quarters since Jennifer McGaffigan in 2003.