Successful defensive transition leads Illini to nine shutouts, Big Ten Tournament Title
Seniors and Award Finalists to be Recognized at May 1 Scholar-Athlete Reception
Illini show great individual development over 2012 spring season
Senior switches to midfield, helps lead offense through record-setting season
Illini look to improve on 1-1-1 spring record at Ramblers
Defender Stephanie Pouse.
2011 - Freshman: Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Saw her first collegiate minutes against Ball State, tallying her first collegiate goal to cap scoring ... Assisted on Julie Ewing's goal against Oregon, her first collegiate assist ... Also subbed in against Louisville, Colorado, #13 Pepperdine and Iowa ... Started the final 14 games on defense for the Illini, playing all but four total minutes during that span of contests ... Teamed with Jenna Carosio and Kassidy Brown to limit the opposition to only 10 goals in the final 1,385 minutes of the season, good for a 0.65 goals-against average ... Named a finalist for the Fighting Illini Female Newcomer of the Year Award.
High School: Four-year letterwinner and Mid-Suburban League All-Conference, All-Sectional and All-State during her career with Schaumburg High School varsity soccer ... Daily Herald All-Area ... Earned 2010 and 2011 Regional Championship with Schaumburg ... 2009-11 Schaumburg captain and MVP ... Helped lead FCX North Black to a multitude of club championships at various tournaments, including the 2008 Select Fury Challenge, 2008 Germantown Invitational, 2008-09 Palatine Celtic Cup, 2009 FC Milwaukee Tournament, 2009 MRL, 2009 Metro Cup College Showcase and 2009 CASL Showcase ... Also competed at the varsity level in cheerleading.
Personal: Daughter of Roy and Diane Pouse ... Has three siblings, April, Daniel and Kyle ... Has completed considerable volunteer work, including with the 2010 Special Olympics, a St. Bradaricks juvenile cancer fundraiser that brought in over $50,000 and UPS for DownS, a support network for those affected by Down Syndrome.
Getting to Know Stephanie: Who most influenced your athletic career?: "My mom because she is my `super fan,' encouraging me, keeping me healthy and reminding me the sky is the limit. My dad for making me believe, `it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.'" ... Favorite Athletic Teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and the 2011 Women's World Cup U.S. National Team ... Favorite Actor: Adam Sandler ... Favorite Movie: The Notebook ... Favorite Pre-Game Meal: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich ... Favorite Musical Group: Certain Daze.
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