CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team opened the season receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Illini broke into the Top 25 for the first time this season Tuesday after a 1-1 start in Big Ten play.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Jannelle Flaws scored a pair of goals, Allison Stucky contributed a first-half strike and Illinois earned its first conference win of the season in a 3-0 victory over Nebraska on Sunday.
Now in her 13th season as the coach of the Illinois women’s soccer team, Rayfield won her 200th career game — and 155th with the Illini — in a 3-0 victory against College of Charleston.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ offense was Jannelle Flaws-centric last year. Tied for the national lead with 23 goals, Flaws’ scoring accounted for 43 percent of the Illini’s total goals.
With league play kicking off this weekend, we asked beat writer Scott Richey to break down each team in the conference.
SIGNATURE WIN: 3-1 vs. Arizona State
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield considered the top 11 spots in the Big Ten as much up for grabs as the 11 spots in her starting lineup before the 2014 season began.