Freshman Rachel Smith scored on a breakaway goal in double overtime Sunday in Champaign to give the University of Illinois women's soccer team its first Big Ten Conference victory, 3-2 over Northwestern.
"It feels great. I'm really happy for the players. To win like that makes it exciting," Illini coach Jillian Ellis said.
The Illinois women's soccer team fell behind 3-0 in the first half Friday at Wisconsin and never recovered in a 4-0 Big Ten Conference loss in Madison.
Outshot 16-8, the Illini fell to 4-7 overall, 0-6 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin, with two goals from Lindsay Hoelter, improved to 3-7, 2-4.
CHAMPAIGN – With just two goals in its previous four games, the University of Illinois soccer team's offense needed a good, swift kick-start.
On Friday night, Missy Kann thought she'd provided one.
At least the Illinois women's soccer team knows what it's shooting for.
Illinois gave 21st-ranked Minnesota a rare scare before falling 1-0 Friday night in a Big Ten women's soccer match in Champaign.
The University of Illinois women''s soccer team rattled off 13 shots, but when it came to scoring goals, the squad fired blanks in its Big Ten Conference opener.
Iowa''s Kate Walse scored a goal in each half as the Hawkeyes defeated the Illini 2-0 on Friday in Iowa City, Iowa.
CHAMPAIGN – Iowa's throwing a big soccer bash Friday night, and there's nothing Missy Kann and the Illini would like more than to be the hairball in the Hawkeyes' punch bowl.
CHAMPAIGN – The new coach who's racking up all the points at Illinois doesn't call plays at Memorial Stadium.
"Anytime you can put four or five goals by on a team, you've got to be pleased as a coach," Jillian Ellis said four games into her UI women's soccer reign and yet to lose.
QUINCY – Missy Kann made sure Illinois' dominance was rewarded.
Kann scored one minute into sudden death as the undefeated Illinois women's soccer team beat host Quincy 1-0 Wednesday night.
CHAMPAIGN – Redistricting isn't just for election-fixated legislators. The NCAA has gotten into the redistricting business, too, by remapping the cross-country postseason boundaries for 1997.
For the Illinois, this will mean a host of new opponents – and some heftier travel bills – come NCAA district meet time.