Standout 2013 Class Boasts Olympic Development Program, National-Level Experience
Memorable Big Ten Tournament Run Highlights 2012
Rayfield returns to alma mater for Tournament showdown
Steph Panozzo's two PK saves send Illini to Chapel Hill
Illinois makes 11th NCAA Tournament Appearance
Defender Kassidy Brown.
2012 - Junior:Big Ten Conference Players to Watch List... Academic All-Big Ten... Scored her first collegiate goal and gamewinner in the 1-0 season opening win over Western Michigan via penalty kick... Recorded assists in wins over Ohio State and Indiana... Converted both her shots in the two penalty kick shootouts this season.
2011 - Sophomore: Academic All-Big Ten ... Started 21 contests on defense, while subbing into three additional games to see time in all 24 Illini soccer matches while totaling 2,018 minutes on the year ... Filled an outside defender role, working in tandem with starters Jenna Carosio and Stephanie Pouse to limit opponents to 99 shots on goal in 24 games, an average of only 4.13 per contest ... Tallied a pair of assists - her first multi-point game - against Michigan by stealing possession from the UM defense before serving perfect passes to Jannelle Flaws and Julie Ewing ... Played all 90 minutes on defense during Illinois' shutout of Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament First Round and the 1-0 loss to #4 Oklahoma State in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
2010 - Freshman: Started 11 of the 12 contests she saw time in before injuring her knee at Wisconsin ... Totaled 754 minutes in her freshman campaign for an average of 63 per game ... Earned her first collegiate point by assisting on Megan Pawloski's second goal against Indiana ... Recorded first collegiate shot against LSU ... Slotted into an outside defensive role with the Illinois defense that held opponents to the second-lowest goals total in program history (16).
High School: Named to Chicago Sun Times Top Players of 2009 listing ... Three-time All-East Suburban Catholic Conference, three-time IHSSCA all-sectional and two-time Daily Herald All-Area ... Pioneer Press All-Lake Shore in 2009 ... Earned four letters in soccer at Carmel Catholic and also played basketball ... Led Carmel to IHSA Super Sectionals for the first time in school history in 2008 and to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history in 2009 ... Played club for ELA Elite for 10 years, winning two State Cup titles (2003, 2004), one Region II title (2007) and advancing to nationals in 2007 ... Club coaches were Tom Chmela and Rick Guiney ... Was a teammate on ETA Elite of fellow Illini Jannelle Flaws.
Personal: Born Dec. 31, 1991 ... Daughter of Sharon and the late Rich Brown ... Has three older siblings ... Sister, Kendall, was a star forward at Valparaiso from 2005-08, ranking third in school history with 20 career goals.
Getting to Know Kassidy: Favorite Athlete: Fernando Torres ... Favorite Food: Chipotle ... Favorite Movie: Inception ... Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Blackhawks ... Most Influenced By: My mother ... Why I Chose the Illini: The location, reputation and talent of the team ... Favorite Athletic Moment: Going to nationals with ELA Elite.
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