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.

Illini soccer selects assistants

Janet Rayfield and Missy Price were named assistant soccer coaches for Illinois' women's soccer team Thursday to complete coach Tricia Taliaferro's staff.

UCLA job was too good to pass up for Ellis

CHAMPAIGN – Jillian Ellis had a feeling Illinois would lose a women's soccer coach to another school sometime soon.

She never thought it would be her, though.

"I wanted (assistant) Tricia (Taliaferro) to leave Illinois and be a great head coach," Ellis said. "The way it's transpired, she's going to stay here and be a great head coach."

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