Women's Soccer

Alaree Gunville
Alaree Gunville


Chatham, Ill.

High School:




Club team:
Chatham Genesis

Appeared in four games on the season as a reserve midfielder • Fired two shots, one of which was on goal.

Saw action in all 21 games and started nine contests • Recorded her first career point with an assist in UI's 4-2 win over Butler on 9/6 • Followed that up with another assist the same weekend vs. #25 Cincinnati • Both of those assists were on game-winning goals • Fired 24 shots, sixth most on the team, 10 of which were on goal.

Appeared in 17 contests, taking nine shots • Fired shots on goal in three straight contests against Evansville, Northwestern and Wisconsin • Also recorded a shot on goal in the regular season finale at Northern Illinois.

High School
Moved from forward to midfield during senior season • Chatham Glenwood's all-time leading scorer with 81 goals • Also holds the school's single season scoring record of 26 goals • 2001 Illinois State All-Tournament Team where her team made its first-ever appearance and placed fourth • 2001 Chicago Tribune All-State second Team • 2001 Central State 8 Player of the Year • Four-time All-Conference selection • Two-time All-Midwest and All-State teams • Was All-State honorable mention in 2000 and special mention in 2001 • Played in the IHSSCA All-Star game • Four-year letterwinner • High school coach was Jay Lipe.

Born on June 29, 1983 • Parents are Tom and Gail Casteel • Has three brothers and two sisters • Step-father played golf at Western Illinois for four years while step-sister Erin was on the Illinois State diving team • Majoring in speech communication at Illinois • American Legion Scholarship Award winner • Lettered three years in basketball • Two-time All-Central State 8 Basketball team • Played in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game.

Getting to Know Alaree
Nickname: Guns • Favorite athlete: Michelle Akers • Favorite TV show: CSI • Favorite actor: Jim Carrey • Favorite quote: "Everything is ok in the end...if it's not ok, then it's not the end." • Biggest sports thrill: playing in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament • Not many people know this about me: I'm hyper 99% of the day • Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: her acrylic nails...just kidding...that she knows the game very well • Three words that describe me: funny, caring and energetic • I chose Illinois because: it's close to home and I've always wanted to play soccer here.

Coach Rayfield on Gunville
"Alaree had a good spring and her improved fitness contributed to that success. She has the ability to hold the ball when necessary and could give us a different dimension in the attacking midfield position. Her shot and ability on restarts will be a weapon that will be a welcome addition to our offensive scheme."

Gunville's Career Statistics

Year    GP-GS    S    SOG   G    A    Pts.  GWG
2001    17-0     10     6   0    0    0     0
2002    21-9     24    10   0    2    2     0
2003     4-0      2     1   0    0    0     0
Total   42-9     35    17   0    2    2     0