If confidence is a key to a solid Big Ten season, the Illini women's soccer team gleaned plenty in an 8-0 home victory against Northern Illinois on Sunday.
Emily Brown started the carnage at 10:25 with an assist from Lisa Baldwin. She added another 15 minutes later.
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Tricia Taliaferro's Illini are off to a 2-0 start as they hit the road. No surprise there. In Illinois' three previous seasons as a varsity program, it opened up 4-0, 5-0 and 5-0.
Freshman Tiffani Walker isn''t having any trouble finding the back of the net in her first year at Illinois. Now if she can only find her math class.
Two days after scoring her first goal as an Illini in a win at Eastern Illinois, Walker scored two more Sunday as the UI women beat Kansas 4-0 at Illinois Field.
CHAMPAIGN – Julie Schueller stood near the sideline, looked across the 1-year-old soccer field at Illini Stadium and talked about pride.
The senior has been with the Illinois women's soccer team since its start in 1997. She's seen the program and its facilities built from the ground up.
CHARLESTON – Tiffani Walker and Colleen Joyce each scored goals as Illinois defeated Eastern Illinois 2-0 on Friday in the season opener for both women's soccer teams.
In the 13th minute, Walker scored on a rebound after Lindsay Johnson's shot bounced away from Panthers goalie Jeanine Fredrick.
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CHAMPAIGN – Sarah Heggen sounds more like an art major than a soccer player when she talks about teammate Lisa Baldwin's propensity to blush.
When they were freshmen at Illinois, Baldwin took a speech communications course that included public speaking. When she'd get in front of the crowd, her face grew brighter than her red hair.
CHAMPAIGN – Meghan Kolze and Tara Schuling scored as host Illinois topped Marquette 2-1 before a crowd of 400 in a women's soccer scrimmage Saturday night.
UI coach Tricia Taliaferro employed several combinations against Marquette in her team's tuneup to Friday's season opener at Eastern Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN – After a season of firsts, the Illinois women's soccer team will get its first competition of the 2000 season today.
The Illini host Marquette in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at Illini Field.