Women's Soccer

Kara Gostisha
Kara Gostisha


West Chester, Ohio

High School:
Lakota West




Club Team:
Cincinnati United Premier


#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.

2007 - SENIOR: A Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection • Named Scholar All-America third team by NSCAA • Participated in all 21 matches • Scored her first career goal vs. Cal State Northridge • Second goal came vs. Wisconsin • Recorded a career high five points • Assisted on the game-winning goal against Kansas • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2006 - Junior: Started all 24 matches, playing in 91 percent of Illinois' minutes • Recorded her first assist of the season at Michigan State • Started in goal vs. Missouri before moving to her usual center back position 29 seconds into the match • Recorded an assist against Saint Louis in the NCAA Tournament • Named honorable mention NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005 - Sophomore: Played in all 22 matches, starting four • Recorded her first career point with an assist against Iowa • Logged 63 minutes in a 0-0 draw at UW-Milwaukee • Received her first career start in the Big Ten opener vs. Northwestern • Started and played 88 minutes in a 2-1 overtime victory at Ohio State • Logged 60 minutes at #2 Penn State and also at Indiana.

2004 - Freshman: Appeared in 15 matches during her rookie campaign, firing four shots with two being on goal • First collegiate appearance occurred in the Illini's season opener against Missouri, playing 26 minutes • Provided a vital defensive presence in the midfield during the closing minutes of Illinois' 2-1 victory over ninth-seeded Texas A&M in the NCAA second round.

High School/Club: Named All-City, first team All-GMC League and Lakota West MVP in 2001 and '02 • Missed part of 2003 season because of injury, but returned to earn the Team MVP award and All-League second team honors • Was honorable mention All-Conference as a freshman • Participated in ODP from 1998-2001 as a member of the district team and in 2002 on the state team • Played for the Cincinnati United Premier Club alongside UI teammate Lindsey Carstens •Three-time Academic All-GMC Conference honoree • Also starred on the basketball court at Lakota West, earning All-GMC honors twice, four varsity letters and the team MVP award her senior season after leading the squad in points, rebounds, assists and steals • Was an All-GMC third team selection for the track team as well.

Personal: Born Aug. 30, 1985 • Daughter of Rick and Debbie Gostisha • Has one brother and one sister • Majoring in kinesiology • Recipient of J. Kyle Braid Leadership Award in 2002 and the Ohio High School Athletic Courageous Student Award in 2004.

Getting to Know Kara: Nickname: Gus • Favorite Athletes: Carson Palmer and Ronaldinho • Favorite Movies: Old School and Braveheart • Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell • Favorite Book: The DaVinci Code • Favorite Movie Quote: "We're going streaking through the quad to the gymnasium...come on, everybody." - Old School • Biggest Sports Thrill: Beating Texas A&M to advance to the Elite 8 in 2004 • Three words that describe me: Driven, hard-working, competitive • I chose Illinois because: of the coaching staff, the team and the overall school.

Coach Rayfield on Gostisha: "Plain and simple, competitor is the word that best describes Kara on the field. She is a happy-go-lucky individual who steps on the field and battles with unbelievable determination from start to finish. She has played both as a defensive midfielder and a center back and brings her strength as a ball-winner and her determination to both roles. Her ability to play both roles will be critical to our success this year as we capitalize on her strengths and the strengths of our incoming class."

GOSTISHA'S CAREER STATISTICS Year GP-GS G A P GWG Shots SOG 2004 15-0 0 0 0 0 4 2 2005 22-4 0 1 1 0 13 6 2006 24-24 0 2 2 0 7 2 TOTALS 61-28 0 3 3 0 24 10