Women's Soccer

Courtney Bell
Courtney Bell


Bainbridge Island, Wash.

High School:





Illinois vs. Illinois State

August 21, 2009


#15 Illinois Upsets #9 Penn State 3-2

Photos from No. 15 Illinois soccer's 3-2 upset of No. 9 Penn State in front of a school-record 2,667 fans.

2009 - Senior: Academic All-Big Ten ... NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region First Team ... Registered 1,065 minutes as a starter at the midfield in each of the Illini's 19 contests ... Totaled three points on assists against Illinois State, #19 Colorado and Milwaukee ... Totaled 20 shots on the season, placing five on net.

2008 - Junior: Academic All-Big Ten ... NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region Second Team ... Played in 22 games, starting 14 ... Tallied first goal against Iowa State ... Recorded first assist against Washington ... Scored goal during penalty kicks against Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament ... Scored clinching goal during penalty kicks against Missouri in NCAA Tournament game.

2007 - Sophomore: Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in all 21 games, starting six ... One of only two players to score two goals in a game, notching a pair in a shutout against Iowa ... Notched two assists against Cal State Northridge ... Recorded five assists on the season, tying her for seventh in the Big Ten.

2006 - Freshman: Played in 24 matches, starting 23 ... Tied for eighth in the Big Ten in assists and ranked 10th in points in conference matches ... Scored her first career goal against Syracuse ... Started the Big Ten with a bang, with a goal and an assist against Wisconsin ... Had her first career multiple-goal match with two goals against Minnesota ... Assisted on both game-winning goals against No. 17 Purdue and No. 21 Indiana.

High School/Club: Listed as a Top 150 recruit by Soccer Buzz ... Led the Washington state Olympic Development Program (ODP) team to a Region IV championship and a national title in 2004 ... Earned the Golden Boot award at the national championships ... Was the captain of the Washington state ODP team from 2002-06 ... Member of the Region IV ODP pool from 2002-05 ... Named Bainbridge MVP in 2003 as the team's leading scorer ... Also led the Spartans in scoring in 2002 ... Did not play high school soccer in 2004-05 because of conflicts with her club team, the Northwest Nationals.

Personal: Born Jan. 26, 1988, in Pasadena, Calif. ... Majoring in marketing/management entrepreneurship... Daughter of Chris and Heidi Bell ... Has a younger sister, Chelsea, and a younger brother, Christopher ... Father, Chris, played volleyball at UC Irvine.

Getting to Know Courtney: Nickname: Belli ... Favorite Team: Arsenal ... Biggest Sports Thrill: Winning the ODP national championship ... Pregame Superstitions: Putting my gear on my right side before my left ... Three Words That Describe My Play: Competitive, creative, intense ... Dream Job: Remodeling houses and coaching soccer. 

Coach Rayfield on Bell: "Courtney may have ended the 2008 campaign with her best collegiate performance to date against eventual National Champions North Carolina, proving she can play with the best. The expectations are high for her to build on that performance and confidently lead an experienced midfield, especially on the attacking side of the ball. She has focused on increasing her fitness and improving her shot, and we will count on both of those attributes to contribute to our attack."


Year	GP-GS	G	A	P	GWG	Shots	SOG
2006	24-23	4	3	11	1	36	14
2007	21-6	2	5	9	0	30	8
2008	22-14	1	1	3	0	23	11
2009	19-19	0	3	3	0	20	5
TOTALS	86-62	7	12	26	1	109	38