Illinois slips at home

   CHAMPAIGN  It is difficult to win on the road in the Big Ten Conference, as the Illinois football team learned Saturday. But on Sunday, the Illinois soccer team found out it''s not easy to win at home.

   Emily Brown scored her seventh goal of the season in the first half, but the Illini lost 4-1 to Michigan. Illinois (7-4, 3-2 Big Ten) dropped to 5-1 at home this season.

Weekend key for Illini soccer team

CHAMPAIGN – The bus ride back from Normal was as quiet as a funeral last Friday. And that's rare.

The Illinois women's soccer team had just suffered its most disappointing loss of the season, 2-0 at Illinois State, and their mood was horrible.

So after Saturday's practice, the Illini players called a team meeting. No coaches. Nothing held back.

Illinois soccer rolling

   There was an Elvis sighting Sunday at Illinois Field.

   Illini junior midfielder Emily "Elvis" Brown scored a first-half goal as the Illini beat previously undefeated Michigan State 2-1 in Big Ten soccer action.

Eight enough for UI

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.

Illini finding her way

   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.

Big Ten tourney perfect venue fo UI to shine

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.

Walker, Joyce help UI start on right foot

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.

UI star returns to stage

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.

Quick studies

   The Illinois women''s soccer team has made great strides during its first three seasons. Here''s a look at five keys for the Illini to make their first NCAA tournament appearance in Year No. 4.