Photos from No. 15 Illinois soccer's 3-2 upset of No. 9 Penn State in front of a school-record 2,667 fans.
2009 - Senior: Academic All-Big Ten ... Saw time in all 19 contests, making nine starts on the attack ... Notched one goal and two assists to total four points ... Scored her lone goal on her only shot against UCLA ... Assisted on goals against Loyola-Chicago and Michigan State ... Put six of her 18 shots on net ... Put two of her four shots against UC Santa Barbara on target.
2008 - Junior: Started all 23 matches, leading the team with 18 points ... Tallied game-winning goal and an assist against Missouri ... Also had game-winning goal and an assist against Iowa State ... Notched game-winner against Colorado College and recorded a goal and assist against Washington, subsequently earning Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week honors ... Also scored game-winner against Ohio State ... Recorded game-winning assist to Jordan Hilbrands in NCAA Tournament match against Memphis ... Scored goal against Missouri in NCAA Tournament match ... Led team with three shots and two shots on goal in NCAA Tournament match against North Carolina ... Named team Offensive MVP.
2007 - Sophomore: Started all but one game ... Finished fifth in Big Ten with seven assists and fourth in the league in assists per game (0.35) ... Scored her first goal of the season with the game-winning goal over Kansas ... Notched second game-winning goal vs. Minnesota to help the Illini capture their first Big Ten win of the season ... Assisted on the game-winning goal against Michigan State ... Tallied the game-winning assist on the overtime goal against Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2006 - Freshman: Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Named to Top Drawer Soccer's All-Rookie second team ... Selected to Soccer America's All-Freshman second team ... Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Region All-Freshman team selection ... Named to Top DrawerSoccer's Team of the Week after scoring a hat trick against No. 12 Utah, all in the second half ... Tied for 10th in the Big Ten in goals in all games ... Scored her first career goal and notched an assist against Syracuse ... Scored Illinois' first goal against Penn State ... Scored a goal at Michigan State ... Scored a goal against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament ... Scored a goal and an assist against Saint Louis in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
High School/Club: Named a Top 75 recruit by Soccer Buzz ... Part of the Region I ODP team from 2003-05 ... Led ODP team to Orange Classic championships in 2004 and 2005 ... Named the Regional, Tidewater and Beach Player of the Year in 2005 with Princess Anne ... Scored 22 goals in 23 games for the Cavaliers while helping lead them to a state semifinalist finish ... First team All-State selection in 2005 ... Named first team All-Region, All-Tidewater and All-District 2004-05 ... Helped Beach FC Fyre to Virginia State Cup titles in 2002 and 2003 and a runner-up finish in 2004.
Personal: Born August 1, 1988 ... Majoring in psychology ... Daughter of Anthony and Edna Nweke ... Full given name is Nkechinyere Jane Nweke ... Goes by "Chichi" ... Has an older sister, Amaka, an older brother, Charles, and a twin brother, Tony ... Member of National Honor Society and was a Ventures Scholar in high school ... Brothers, Charles and Tony, play soccer at Virginia Military Institute ... Intends to be a family physician.
Getting to Know Chichi: Favorite Athlete: Ronaldinho ... Favorite Team: D.C. United ... Favorite Movie: Mulan ... Favorite Sports Movie: Mighty Ducks ... Favorite Actor: Bill Cosby ... Favorite Actress: Rachel McAdams ... Favorite Food: General Tso's chicken with rice ... Biggest Sports Thrill: Playing at RFK Stadium ... Pregame Superstitions: Handshakes with teammates ... Three Words That Describe My Play: Competitive, Fast and Tough.
Coach Rayfield on Nweke: "Chichi enters her senior campaign as the primary threatening player in our attacking line-up and will be treated as such every time she steps on the field. With additional threats around her, Chi may find the attention she draws opening up other players, and her role as a playmaker may be as important this year as her role as an individual threat. However, we will still count on her ability to turn defenders, to slip through defensive lines, to get to the endline and to finish inside the box. Chichi is fun to watch unless you're the opposing coach, and I am sure when she gets the ball heart rates increase and everyone knows something could happen at any moment."
NWEKE'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year GP-GS G A P GWG Shots SOG
2006 23-1 8 4 20 1 34 20
2007 20-20 2 7 11 2 20 7
2008 23-23 7 4 18 4 36 19
2009 19-9 1 2 4 0 18 6
TOTALS 85-53 18 17 53 7 108 52