Women's Soccer

Ella Masar
Ella Masar


Urbana, Ill.

High School:




Club Team:
Windy City Pride/LISC


#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: Named a team tri-captain • Helped U.S. U-21 to a Nordic Cup championship • Named All-Big Ten first team • Named to Lowe's All-America first team • Made the second team of the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season • Earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team • Also named to Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region first team • Team offensive MVP for the second year in a row • Named to Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy preseason watch list • Started in all but one game recording 12 goals and three assists • Named Big Ten Player of the Week (9/3) scoring two goals in the team's season-opener weekend • Earned back-to-back Player of the Week honors when she recorded two goals on senior night against Indiana followed by scoring all 3 of Illinois' goals the next weekend in a sweep of Michigan and Michigan State • Tied for leader in the Big Ten for game-winning goals with seven • Finished second in the Big Ten in goals per game (0.65) • Her career 20 assists ranks second on Illinois' career listTied for fourth in Illinois history with 27 career goals • Ranks third on Illinois' career points list with 74 • Holds second place on the career game-winning goals for Illinois with 13 and her seven game-winning goals in 2007 are tied for first as well as first for the season in the Big Ten • Earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors.

2006 - Junior: Named a second-team All-American by the NSCAA • Earned a spot on the All-Great Lakes Region first teams by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year • Named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season fifth team • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on 10/2 after scoring the tying and winning goals in Illinois' come-from-behind win against No. 9 Penn State • Also named to Soccer Buzz's Elite Team of the Week and Soccer America's Team of the Week for that effort • Named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team after posting two goals and an assist in the tournament • Named the Offensive MVP of the Illinois Tournament after assisting on both game-winners • Led the league in game-winning goals, was second in points and third in goals and assists in conference matches • Second in the league in assists and game-winning goals, fifth in points and 10th in goals in all matches • Scored or assisted 10 of Illinois' 16 game-winning goals • Her nine assists rank second on Illinois' single-season assists list and her 17 assists are tied for fourth on the career assists list • Ranks 11th on Illinois' career points list • Scored the game-winner and had an assist at Michigan State • Also notched game-winning goals against South Carolina, No. 21 Indiana and Saint Louis • Assisted on game-winning goals against Syracuse, No. 13 Auburn, Northwestern, Iowa and Purdue (11/3) • Also notched assists against No. 12 Utah, Wisconsin (9/22) and SEMO • Scored goals against No. 17 Purdue (10/20), Wisconsin (11/2) and No. 12 Penn State (11/5) • Played all 90 minutes four times - at Michigan, vs. Indiana, at Penn State and at Florida State • Academic All-Big Ten selection • Played for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League during the summer along with Illini teammate Emily Zurrer.

2005 - Sophomore: Played in all 22 matches, earning 10 starts • Scored her first goal of the season in a 3-0 victory over Illinois State • Scored her second goal just 11 seconds into the second half against Iowa on 10/28, breaking the school record for the fastest goal to start either half • Assisted on Natasha Karniski's game-winning goal against Nebraska • Had an assist in 2-1 victory at Ohio State • Assisted on Laura Redmond's game-winner at #20 Florida in the NCAA Tournament first round • Scored the Illini's lone goal against Florida State in the NCAA second round.

2004 - Freshman: Played in 24 matches with two starts • Provided two key assists leading to Illini victories over top-10 opponents, one in a 1-0 victory over No. 8 Kansas and another on the game-winning goal in Illinois' 2-1 upset over ninth-seeded and seventh-ranked Texas A&M in the NCAA second round • Scored her first collegiate point with an assist in Illinois' season opener against Missouri • First two collegiate goals came in back-to-back matches against Southeast Missouri State and Evansville.

High School/Club: 2004 Champaign News-Gazette Player of the Year • Three-time All-State and All-Area, four-time All-Big 12 Conference • 2003 Urbana junior female Athlete of the Year • Led Urbana to a regional crown in 2002 • Holds Urbana records for most goals in a season (40 in 2003) and most career goals (92) •High school coach was Randy Blackman • Played for the Little Illini Soccer Club, leading them to a record of 51-3-4 over her last two seasons • Also played basketball for Urbana High School.

Personal: Born April 3, 1986 • Daughter of Terry and Shelley Masar • Has one brother, Tyson, and two sisters, Seredy and Liza (Ella's twin) • Terry played football at Illinois, earning three letters as a kicker (1969-71) • Tyson played on the UI men's national championship club soccer team • Majoring in community health with a social work concentration • National Honor Society member.

Getting to Know Ella: Nickname: A • Favorite Athletes: My family • Favorite TV Shows: Gery's Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Prison Break, Anything on BET • Favorite Movie: Ice Age I and II, Mulan, 300 • Favorite Actor: Will Smith • I have been told I look like: My twin sister! • Biggest Sports Thrill: Playing in the 2007 Nordic Cup • Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: She gives everyone a chance, it's your choice what you do with it • Three words that describe me: Determined, compassionate, outgoing • I chose Illinois because: the opportunities are endless...great coaches and teammates, plus I can run home when needed.

Coach Rayfield on Masar: "Relying on her ability to threaten defenses with her explosiveness and speed and on her incredible work ethic, Ella earned much-deserved recognition in 2006. Defenses are sure to acknowledge and prepare for that threat, and her game awareness and discipline will be critical for her to turn that threats into goals in 2007. Fortunately, a summer playing in the W-league and helping the U.S. U-21 team to a Nordic Cup Championship will assist Ella in adding those elements to her game. Ella, with her pace, physical courage and now international savvy, should put herself in the Illinois record-book for goals in a season."

MASAR'S CAREER STATISTICS Year GP-GS G A P GWG Shots SOG 2004 24-2 3 5 11 0 33 14 2005 22-10 3 3 9 1 48 17 2006 24-24 9 9 27 5 65 21 TOTALS 70-36 15 17 47 6 146 52