Photos from No. 15 Illinois soccer's 3-2 upset of No. 9 Penn State in front of a school-record 2,667 fans.
2006 - 5th Year: Named a team co-captain.
2005 - Senior: Team tri-captain Redshirted the season after sustaining a stress fracture before the spring season.
2004 - Junior: Started all 24 matches for the Orange and Blue at midfield, racking up two goals and three assists Scored the first goal in the Illini's 2-1 win over Nebraska in the NCAA Sweet 16 Tallied a goal and an assist against Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament A second-team Scholar All-North/Central Region selection by the NSCAA Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2003 - Sophomore: Was named to the All-Big Ten Tournament Team after scoring one goal and an assist in Illinois' Big Ten Tourney run Started at midfield in all 22 matches on the season, tallying two goals and two assists Set a new Illinois record for the quickest goal to start a half, scoring 19 seconds into the second half in a 1-0 win over Michigan St. Also scored against the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament Was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2002 - Freshman: Played in 21 games, starting 14 Scored 11 points on three goals and five assists Scored her first career point in her first collegiate match with an assist vs. Missouri Scored her first career goal vs. Dayton on and followed that up with another goal vs. Northwestern Recorded two assists in the Illini's 5-2 win over Minnesota Scored Illinois' first goal in the 3-2 upset of #13 Purdue that got the Illini into the Big Ten Tournament.
High School/Club: Helped lead Lake Braddock to the state quarterfinals in 1999-01, as well as making a trip to the Virginia Final Four in 2000 All-District, All-Region and Washington Post All-Metro selection Played for the BRYC Blue Belles and the Chantilly Hurricanes club teams High school coach was Liz Pike.
Personal: Born on May 27, 1984 Daughter of John and Lorraine Faherty Has one brother and one sister Majoring in kinesiology.
Getting to Know Paula: Nickname: P Diddy Favorite Singers: Tim McGraw and John Mayer Before I play a game I: Juggle with Ella Favorite quote: "I demand more of myself than anyone coulud ever imagine." Three words to describe me: Competitive, determined and big-hearted.
Coach Rayfield on Faherty: "After spending last fall watching her team compete, Paula is ready to captain this team to the accomplishments she has dreamed about since she joined this team as a freshman. She brings back to the field a magical ability on the ball, great vision and a tremendous ability to find and deliver the final pass. But her greatest impact will be the experience and leadership she brings to this young team on and off the field. In 2004, in the hotel lobby after the Elite 8 game in California, Paula had a look in her eye I will never forget. That look has never left and neither has the determination to bring this program back to that point and beyond."