Women's Soccer


Jessica Levitt
Jessica Levitt
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Naperville Central

Height:
5-3

Position:
F/D

Birthdate:
09/18/1986

2008 - Senior: Stated all 23 matches this season • Had one shot on goal against Missouri and two shots against Washington State • Had three shots and scored first goal against Washington •Recorded goal and assist against Wisconsin • Tallied two shots against Penn State • Tallied three shots and one shot on goal in Big Ten Tournament against Michigan State • Recorded five shots and two shots on goal in first two games of NCAA Tournament against Memphis and Missouri.

2007 - Junior: Started in all 21 matches of the season • Netted her first career goal in a 5-0 shutout against Xavier • Second goal came with five seconds left at No. 5 Purdue • Assisted on the Illini's goal against Missouri • Assisted the game-winning goal at Michigan • Also notched an assist on Illinois' first goal against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament • Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

2006 - Sophomore: Played in 18 matches, starting 13 • Had played all but 45 minutes before missing five matches from Oct. 13-27 because of a stress fracture • Tallied her first assist of the season against Syracuse • Assisted on a goal against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal in her first game back from the injury • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005 - Freshman: Played in 18 matches with one start • Saw her first career action in the season opener against Marquette • Notched her first career assist against Iowa • Logged 57 minutes against No. 23 Stanford • Played 61 minutes and had a shot on goal against San Francisco • Earned her first career start against Indiana State • Saw her first career Big Ten action at #2 Penn State.

High School/Club: Named All-Midwest in 2005 • Was an All-State selection by the IHSCAA in 2004 and 2005 • 2003 IHSSCA All-Sectional • Named first team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004 and 2005 • A Chicago Tribune Top-40 Player • Naperville Sun first-team All-City 2003-05 • Was a unanimous All-DuPage Valley Conference selection 2002-05 • A four-year varsity letterwinner at Naperville Central • Led Eclipse Select U-16 club team to a Snickers Region II championship in 2003 • Led Eclipse Select to a Region II championship and a second-place national finish in 2006 • Illinois State Cup Finalist in 2003 • Participated in ODP 1999-2005 • Member of the Illinois State Select Team 2000-05 • Named to the Midwest Regional Pool Team in 2005 • Academic All-DuPage Valley Conference in 2002 • High school coach was Ed Watson • Club coach was Rory Dames. Personal: Born September 18, 1986 • Daughter of Ron and Kim Levitt • Has a twin brother, Ryan, who attends DePaul • Also has a younger sister, Lauren • Made the dean's list for the Spring, 2006, semester • Majoring in sociology.

Getting to Know Jessica: Nickname: Lev • Favorite athlete: Lance Armstrong • Favorite TV show: Gery's Anatomy • Favorite movie: Dodgeball • Favorite musical groups: Fall Out Boy, Rascal Flatts • Favorite quote: "Don't let the fear of failure prevent you from reaching great success" • Biggest sports thrill: Making the club national championship in 2006 and playing in front of a record-breaking crowd at home against Penn State in 2006 • Three words that describe me: Competitive, hard-working, loyal • I chose Illinois because: I love the coaches and the team! Plus it's close to home and is great academically.

Coach Rayfield on Levitt: "Jessica Levitt has developed into a savvy and knowledgeable front-runner. After playing both up front and in the back, she has settled into a spot as a forward. Her tactical awareness, her ability to play with her back to the game, hold the ball or get behind you and take you on 1v1 makes her a great complement to any combination of forwards we put on the field. She also has a tremendous defensive presence and creates problems for team with her defensive work rate up front. Her goal scoring focus this spring may also provide the confidence that she needs to add goal scoring to the qualities that she already brings to the field."

LEVITT'S CAREER STATISTICS

Year	GP-GS	G	A	P	GWG	Shots	SOG
2005	18-1	0	1	1	0	4	2
2006	18-15	0	2	2	0	2	1
2007	21-21	2	3	7	0	19	10
2008	23-23	2	1	5	1	26	7
TOTALS	80-60	4	7	15	1	51	20
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