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Forward Shayla Mutz.
2011 - Junior: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Named a Leader of Merit at the annual University of Illinois Scholar-Athlete Reception ... Started all 24 games in the midfield or at forward, seeing 1,796 minutes of action for an average of more than 74 minutes per contest ... Tallied her first goal of the season, the game-winner, at Louisville in overtime ... Tied the contest at Iowa with her second goal of the season ... Assisted on Megan Pawloski's goal vs. #13 Pepperdine ... Also assisted Pawloski in recording the game-winning goal against Wisconsin ... Played in her 50th collegiate game against Indiana ... Totaled two assists at Nebraska, matching a single-game career-high set against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sept. 20, 2009 ... Added another assist on Vanessa DiBernardo's Big Ten Tournament-winning goal against #11 Penn State in the championship game.
2010 - Sophomore: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Started and saw time in 19 contests at forward for the Orange and Blue, totaling 1,274 minutes ... Finished tied for third on the Illini in points (10) and assists (two) ... Finished third in goals with four ... Earned her first goal of the season against Ball State ... Tallied an insurance goal against #23 Louisville by taking a pass from Julie Ewing on a breakaway and blasting her shot into the lower left corner ... Earned the game-winning goal against Iowa in overtime by weaving through the defense and putting a shot past the diving keeper ... Tallied her first postseason goal against USC in the NCAA Tournament First Round ... Finished the season fourth on the Illini in shots (22) and third in shots on goal (12) ... Her .545 shots on goal percentage was third-best among Illini who earned at least 10 shots.
2009 - Freshman: Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Saw action in 19 games, making seven starts ... One of 11 Illini to log at least 1,000 minutes on the season ... Notched two goals and two assists to total six points ... Took 15 shots, firing seven on net ... Recorded first collegiate point and assist in setting up Chichi Nweke's goal against UCLA ... Notched her first pair of collegiate goals during the Illini's 3-1 victory over Milwaukee.
High School/Club: Member of the U.S. U-17 National Team ... Helped Chicago Magic to the semifinals of the 2009 State Cup ... Led Chicago Magic to the USL U-16 National Title and was named to the All-Tournament Team ... Named IHSA All-Sectional as a sophomore, the only year she played high school soccer ... Coached by Scott Fonfard.
Personal: Born Aug. 13, 1991 ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Daugther of Ben Mutz and Kim Snow ... Has eight siblings ... Member of high honor roll at Lockport Township High School ... Enjoys baking, sign language and hanging out with friends.
Getting to Know Shayla: Favorite Actress: Kate Hudson ... Favorite Musician: The Dave Matthews Band ... Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy ... Favorite Movie: The Notebook ... Favorite Books: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Twilight Series ... Favorite Quote: "The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat and at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching." ... Favorite Food: Chicken Parmesan ... Favorite Pre-Game Meal: Subway.
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