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.

Defense carries Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois soccer team posted its fourth shutout in six matches Sunday, stopping No. 21 Indiana 1-0 on Ella Masar's goal in the 39th minute.

"Indiana's not a team that gives up goals, so for us to get a goal and to get it early and know that we had one in the bank was a big thing," Illinois coach Janet Rayfield said. "And I think we're pretty confident in our defense right now that we can keep the ball out of the back of the net."

Three coaches have built soccer program into 'perennial Top 20'

It was one of those meet-the-neighbors moments that Jillian Ellis never will forget.

Hired by the University of Illinois in 1997 to start a women's soccer program, the then-30-year-old was moving into her new house on Halifax Drive in Champaign when Don and Marylin Karr walked over to say hi.

Defense powers soccer at home

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois soccer team continues to defend its home turf when ranked teams come calling this season.

The Illini defense isn't half bad, either.

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Illini give Nittany Lions a test

CHAMPAIGN – Playing without injured sophomore Kayani Turner, the Illinois volleyball team fell to No. 2 Penn State 34-32, 30-23, 32-30 on Sunday at Huff Hall.

The Illini had game points in the first and third games. Penn State (19-0, 8-0 Big Ten) has dropped only five games this season.

Extra work paying off for freshmen

CHAMPAIGN – Just because they're the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the nation, that doesn't absolve eight newcomers to the Illinois women's soccer team from getting the typical freshman treatment.

The upperclassmen still make sure Courtney Bell, Chichi Nweke and other Illini rookies dutifully lug the team's equipment off the field after practices or matches.

Illini soccer off the mark

CHAMPAIGN – The 10th-ranked Illinois women's soccer team got plenty of chances Sunday against Ohio State.

But the Illini had trouble getting their shots on goal, losing 2-0.

Soccer streak alive

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois women's soccer team has had many firsts, but it accomplished something Friday for the first time in the program's history.

Freshman forward Courtney Bell had her first multiple-goal game as the 10th-ranked Illini defeated Minnesota 3-0 and improved to 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time.