UI's Masar earns honor

CHAMPAIGN – Two Illinois players have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-America team.

Junior forward Ella Masar was named to the second team, while sophomore defender Emily Zurrer earned a third-team spot. Both also were selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region first team.

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Zurrer rates first-team spot

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois sophomore defender Emily Zurrer earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer's Team of the Season first team.

Soccer team falls short

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Janet Rayfield's Illinois women's soccer team got the chance it wanted Sunday, but came up just short.

Florida State scored in the 20th minute and the Illinois defense held tough to keep the match within reach, but the Illini couldn't break through in losing 1-0 to Florida State in the Round of 16 at the NCAA tournament.

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;