Illini, Seminoles playing angles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It's barely been six months since Eric Bell left the University of Illinois, and already it's reunion time.

Today, the first-year Florida State assistant will coach against his former employer when the Illini come to town for an NCAA Sweet 16 women's soccer match that starts at noon (CST).

Illinois heads to Sweet 16 with momentum

ST. LOUIS – Reaching the Sweet 16 is nothing new for Janet Rayfield's Illinois soccer program.

The dominating way in which the Illini advanced Sunday, however, was a pleasant surprise.

Soccer team cruises

ST. LOUIS – Illinois coach Janet Rayfield's women's soccer team didn't have much of a spark early, but the squad scored twice after a lightning delay to defeat Southeast Missouri State 2-0 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

"SEMO proved that they deserved to be in this tournament," Rayfield said. "They played a great game. Tonight, there were some individual efforts on our part – and after the delay, more of a collective effort defensively. We're happy to be moving on after playing a very solid Southeast Missouri team."

Bayne lifts Illini program to national prominence

CHAMPAIGN – Janet Rayfield can't be sure how many more times she'll have Jessica Bayne in her lineup.

The Illinois women's soccer coach is sure Bayne will be sorely missed whenever the senior's final match ends.

Illini getting into spirit of St. Louis

CHAMPAIGN – Before Monday's unveiling of the NCAA women's soccer tournament field, Illinois was assured of two things:

– The Big Ten tournament runner-ups were NCAA-bound for the fourth straight year;

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.