Masar earns shot at national award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Illinois soccer player Ella Masar was selected as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The Urbana native is the only Big Ten representative among 10 finalists for the Division I women's soccer award, presented annually to a senior who excels on and off the field.

Goalkeeper Carstens blanks Badgers

CHAMPAIGN – Goalie Lindsey Carstens tied the school shutout record, and the Illinois women's soccer team got goals from three different players in a 3-0 Big Ten victory Sunday against Wisconsin.

Carstens, who stopped six shots, registered her 24th career shutout to tie the mark held by UI assistant coach Leisha Alcia.

Freshman Nelson fills voids for Illini

IOWA CITY, Iowa – A hand injury kept Vicki Brown out of the starting lineup and off the court for most of the match.

Freshman Abby Nelson made sure the Illinois middle blocker was barely missed.

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Small's squad breaks records

NORMAL – Freshman Chris DeForest carded a 7-under-par 63 on Monday, leading Illinois to a record-setting victory at the D.A. Weibring Invitational.

DeForest was medalist at 209 and broke Trevor Beard and Steve Stricker's record for lowest round in school history. Beard recorded a 64 at the Big Ten Championships in May 1981. Stricker accomplished the feat in October 1988 at the Purdue Invitational.

Steigerwald, Bell ring up Iowa rout

CHAMPAIGN – Cory Steigerwald and Courtney Bell each scored twice to lead the Illinois soccer team to a 6-0 victory against Iowa on Sunday.

Illinois outshot the Hawkeyes 26-5.

Nweke's offense enough

CHAMPAIGN – Coach Janet Rayfield's Illinois soccer team entered Friday's match against Minnesota looking for its first Big Ten victory of the season.

Mission accomplished.

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Kot's shot not enough

The Illinois soccer team fell to 0-2 in Big Ten play Sunday after a 2-1 loss to Penn State in State College, Pa.

Rayfield's squad drops heartbreaker

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven Illinois soccer players were on the field for 107 minutes.

Coach Janet Rayfield's Illini outshot Ohio State 17-13.