Women's Soccer

Marti Desjarlais
Marti Desjarlais


Pewaukee, Wis.

High School:
Brookfield Central





#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.

2008 - Senior: Started first 11 games this season • Tallied Illinois' first goal of the season against Missouri • Assisted on the game-winning goal against Iowa State • Had four shots against Tennessee and two more against UCF • Scored goals against Colorado College and Wisconsin • Recorded assist on game winning goal by Emily Zurrer against Purdue off corner kick • Registered two shots and one shot on goal in Big Ten Tournament against Michigan State.

2007 - Junior: Played in 19 matches, starting in 16 • Netted her first goal of the season in a shutout against Xavier • Second goal of the season made at Indiana State • Assisted on the Illini's goal against Missouri • Finished the season with two goals and three assists for seven total points • Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

2006 - Sophomore: Played in 24 games, starting seven • Scored her first goal of the season at Saint Louis on Sept. 14 • Also tallied a goal at Wisconsin • Played the entire 90 minutes against South Carolina • Played the full 104 minutes at Texas • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005 - Freshman: Played in all 22 games, starting 21 • Scored a pair of goals on the season • Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team • Logged 69 minutes in her first collegiate game against Marquette • Had two shots on goal against UW-Milwaukee • Scored her first career goal in a victory over Western Illinois • Scored her second goal of season against Indiana State • Played all 90 minutes in her first Big Ten game against Northwestern • Played all 109 minutes in a 2-1 overtime victory over Ohio State.

High School/Club: Named to the NSCAA High School All-America team 2003-05 • Member of the 2003 National Team Pool • Named Wisconsin State Player of the Year 2003-05 • 2003 U-19 National Team member • Named first team All-State in 2003-05, All-Little Ten Conference 2002, All-Greater Metro Conference 2003-05 and All-Area 2003-05 • Led Brookfield Central to consecutive state championships from 2002-05 • Was named Wisconsin Little Ten Conference MVP in 2002 and 2004 • Gatorade Player of the Year 2003-04 • An Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team member since 1999 and ODP Region II team member since 2000 • Helped FC Milwaukee to eight consecutive championships from 1999-2006 • Was a Youth All-American from 2002-04 • Club coach was Jesse Rosen • High school coach was Bryan Yenor.

Personal: Born October 30, 1986 • Daughter of Daniel and Wanda Desjarlais • Has a sister, Kellyn • Majoring in accountancy.

Getting to Know Marti: Nickname: Mart, Mard • Favorite TV shows: House, American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond • Favorite movie: Saw, Saw 2, Crash • Interesting fact about me: I am good at cooking and dbaking and I enjoy doing both • Advice to young soccer players: Play because you love to play, not because you have to.

Coach Rayfield on Desjarlais: "Marti continues to get stronger and have a greater physical presence on the field. When she puts that with her deception and skill with the ball and her incredible fitness level, Marti has the ability to be a connection point all over the field. As a central midfielder, her range is tremendous and we have to use that range to have constant support around the ball. Every team needs a player who always wants the ball and is always looking to give the ball away at the same time. Marti can be that player for the Illini."


Year	GP-GS	G	A	P	GWG	Shots	SOG
2005	22-21	2	0	4	0	35	14
2006	22-7	2	1	5	0	21	8
2007	19-16	2	3	7	0	32	12
2008	23-20	3	2	8	0	33	14
TOTALS	86-64	9	6	24	0	121	48