Women's Soccer

Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown


Asheville, N.C.

High School:




Club team:
Greensboro Twisters

Had a breakout season as a member of the Illini defensive unit, starting all 24 games • Finished the season third in Illini scoring with five goals and fired 19 shots • Sent the Illini to their first Elite Eight appearance by delivering the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in Illinois' 2-1 Sweet Sixteen victory over Nebraska on 11/20 • Scored goals in back-to-back contests, providing the first of two game-winning goals on the season against Purdue on 10/15 • Followed up by notching Illinois' lone goal in a 1-1 tie with Indiana 10/17 • Named to Soccer Buzz's Elite Team of the Week on 10/21.

Saw action in 16 of 22 games as a key defensive reserve during her freshman campaign • Scored her first career goal on a header in Illinois' 2-0 win over UW-Green Bay on 10/26 • Fired two shots on the season, both of which were on frame.

High School
Became only the second player in North Carolina history to be named All-State all four years • Led Ashville to a runner-up finish at the state tournament in 2000 and led the Greensboro Twisters club team to the state title • Named All-Conference all four years and was conference MVP in 2001 and 2003 • Was the 2001 Region Player of the Year in addition to being named to the All-South team • Participated in ODP for five years on the North Carolina State Team and was in the Region III Regional Pool in 2000 • High School coach was Mike Flowe.

Born on August 11, 1984 • Daughter of Richard Brown and Susan Eggerton • Enrolled in the College of Art and Design • Member of the National Honor Society • Also played tennis for Asheville and was named the team's MVP in 2000.

Getting to know Sarah
Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing • Favorite book: To Kill a Mocking Bird • Favorite musical group: Jurassic 5 • Favorite quote : "You laugh because I'm different, I laugh because you are the same." • My advice to young soccer players: Look at the big picture and recognize what will help you in the long run • Three words that describe me: tall, shy, artistic • I chose Illinois because: It's the complete package...the team, the school, and location.

Coach Rayfield on Brown
"Sarah Brown had a great spring and is well on her way to being a dominant centerback in this conference. She defends well but also has a tremendous composure on the ball that will enable us to build an attack out of the back. With her height and athletic ability, she is also a weapon in the air both on offense and defense."

Brown's Career Statistics

Year    GP-GS    S     SOG   G     A    Pts.   GWG
2003    16-0     2     2     1     0    2       0
2004    24-24    19    10    5     0    10      2
Total   30-24    21    11    5     0    12      2