No Masar, no problem for Illinois

ST. PAUL, Minn. – If Illinois is to advance to the title match at the Big Ten women's soccer tournament, it might not have Ella Masar to help.

The UI's All-Big Ten forward missed most of Thursday's shootout win against Minnesota with a hamstring injury. Coach Janet Rayfield said the Urbana product is "pretty questionable" for today's 8 p.m. semifinal against Purdue.

Masar, Zurrer head All-Big Ten picks

PARK RIDGE – Forward Ella Masar and defender Emily Zurrer were named first-team All-Big Ten in women's soccer Wednesday.

Defender Mary Therese McDonnell and midfielder Jackie Santacaterina made the second team, and forward Laura Knutson, defender Danielle Kot and midfielder Cory Steigerwald were selected to the all-freshman team.

Shots on goal

Staff writer Jeff Huth's three things to look for as the Illinois women's soccer team enters the Big Ten tournament at Minneapolis:

Chance to represent U.S. a 'dream' for record-breaking Masar

CHAMPAIGN – If Ella Masar has her way, the Illinois women's soccer team will play nine more matches this season.

Three in the Big Ten tournament, which begins Thursday. Six in the NCAA tournament to follow. Nine total for a sharp-shooting Illini senior with a pair of postseason titles squarely in her cross hairs.

UI's Masar repeats feat

PARK RIDGE – Illinois forward Ella Masar was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer on Monday for the second week in a row.

A ghoulish guide to all things sweet

When it comes to Halloween candy, chocolate is king.

Jerry's IGA on Kirby Avenue in Champaign – one of the smaller groceries in the area – buys a mind-boggling 2,580 packages of snack-sized chocolate bars for the season.

Hoerr rates league honor

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Move over, John Kronforst, you have company.

Illinois senior Trent Hoerr finished third Sunday at the Big Ten Championships, becoming the first Illini to earn All-Big Ten honors since Kronforst in 2001.

Masar reaches goal

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Urbana graduate Ella Masar continued her goal-scoring run, notching two goals in a 2-0 victory against Michigan on Friday night in women's soccer.

Jessica Levitt and Emily Zurrer each had assists for the Illini (10-5-1, 5-3-1 Big Ten).

Illini Rowe, Heiser on title tracks

MINNEAPOLIS – Illinois senior men's tennis player Ryan Rowe reached the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Regional Championships with victories against Mike Scroczynski of Michigan and Ohio State's Drew Eberly on Sunday.

Rowe, the ninth-ranked player in the nation, will face No. 66 Brett Helgeson of Notre Dame today. Helgeson defeated No. 2 Steven Moneke of Ohio State on Sunday.

Masar completes home career in style

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' seniors had a night to remember.

Urbana product Ella Masar scored two goals, leading the Illini to a 3-0 Big Ten soccer victory Friday night that snapped No. 24 Indiana's 13-match unbeaten streak.