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    Marti Desjarlais
    16 Marti Desjarlais
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Pewaukee, Wis.

    High School:
    Brookfield Central

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    M

    Birthdate:
    10/30/1986

    10/01/2006

    #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."

    DESJARLAIS' CAREER STATISTICS

    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

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