2010 - Senior: Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in and started 18 games, accumulating 1,420 total minutes for an average of 79 per game ... Tallied her lone goal of the season on a header attempt at Michigan ... Recorded 15 shots on the season, placing four on net ... Used her height to win balls out of the air in the midfield for the Illini while serving as a bridge between the Illinois defense and attack.
2009 - Junior: Academic All-Big Ten ... Saw time in 14 contests, making two starts ... Notched two goals on five shots ... Recorded the game-winning goal at Iowa in the Illini's 3-1 win ... Notched her other goal during Illinois' 5-0 shutout of Michigan State ... Put four of her five shots on net.
2008 - Sophomore: Played in 20 games with seven starts ... Led the team with five assists on the season ... Had game-winning assist against Missouri ... Also had an assist against both Iowa State and Washington State ... Had game-winning assist against Michigan ... Scored first goal of season against Ohio State.
2007 - Freshman: Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Played in all 21 games of the season and started against Cal State Northridge as well as Purdue ... Netted her first career goal in a shutout against Xavier ... Continued to score three goals in a span of three consecutive games (Xavier, UCLA, Cal State Northridge) ... Finished second on the team in goals with five and tied for second with 11 points.
High School/Club: Led KUFC Premier to consecutive U.S. Club National Cup championship matches, winning the title in 2005 ... Arlington Heights Daily Herald Player of the Year in 2006 ... Also named all-sectional and All-Fox Valley Conference in 2006 ... Was an all-area, all-sectional and all-conference selection in 2004 as a freshman ... Led Crystal Lake South to FVC championships in soccer and basketball in 2006 ... Coached by Dwayne Cruz.
Personal: Born October 31, 1988 ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Daughter of Tom and Lynn Knutson ... Has an older sister, Michelle, and a younger brother, Ryan ... Member of National Honor Society, Gator Link, Gator Pride and WYSE.
Getting to Know Laura: Favorite Athlete: Michelle Akers ... Favorite Team: Chicago Bears ... Favorite Movie: Love Actually ... Favorite TV Show: Law and Order: SVU ... Favorite Band: Relient K ... Favorite Book: The Tortilla Curtain ... Favorite Food: Fajitas ... Favorite Pre-Game Meal: Pasta and water ... Dream Job: Coaching the top club soccer team in the nation.
Rayfield on Knutson: "Laura has played almost everywhere on the field during her time in an Illinois uniform but I think we have carved a role for her this season that is going to play to her strengths and fill a need for the 2010 team. As a defensive center midfielder we are looking for her to use her ability in the air, her work rate, and her extreme competitive spirit to be a ball-winner for us. She will be counted on to assume the roles filled by Jackie Santacaterina - both the tangible ball winning ability and the intangible ability to will her team to compete."
Laura Knutson's Career Statistics