Memorable Big Ten Tournament Run Highlights 2012
Illinois finishes season 10-9-4
Rayfield returns to alma mater for Tournament showdown
Steph Panozzo's two PK saves send Illini to Chapel Hill
Illinois makes 11th NCAA Tournament Appearance
Forward Niki Read.
2011 - Junior: Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week (8/29) ... College Soccer 360 Primetime Player (11/15) ... Illini/Boilermaker Challenge All-Tournament Team ... Started every contest at midfield or forward, seeing a total of 2,001 minutes of playing time - marking the first time Read eclipsing the 2,000-minute plateau in a season ... Tallied her first goal and assist of the season against Gonzaga ... Set career-highs in points (7) and goals (3) with three tallies and an assist against Ball State ... Also assisted on a goal each vs. Colorado, Oregon, Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern ... Played in her 50th collegiate game against Purdue ... Leads the Illini in assists (7) ... Earned the game-winner in the NCAA Tournament First Round contest vs. defending National Champion Notre Dame, perfectly placing a 30-yard shot under the crossbar while keeping it out of reach of the Fighting Irish goalkeeper ... Read's assists total ties for the most in a single campaign for an Illini since Chichi Nweke tallied seven during the 2007 season.
2010 - Sophomore: Totaled starts in all 19 Illini contests, serving as a forward for the Orange and Blue ... Tied for a team-high six assists with Marissa Mykines ... Finished tied for third in total points (10) ... Also produced two goals, including the game-winners against #17 Ohio State and Northwestern ... Earned first collegiate multi-assist game against Ball State, assisting Vanessa DiBernardo on the game-winner as well as Jordan Hilbrands on Illinois' final goal of the 3-0 match ... Also assisted Shayla Mutz on the game-winning goal in overtime against Iowa ... Finished the season second on the Illini in shots (61) and shots on goal (21).
2009 - Freshman: Big Ten Freshman of the Week (9/7) ... Logged time in 18 contests, making nine starts ... Totaled eight points on three goals and two assists ... Finished the season tied for third with Christina Sahly for most goals on the team ... Took 29 shots, firing 15 on net ... Recorded her first collegiate goal on her only shot of the contest against Illinois State to conclude scoring in the Illini's 4-0 victory ... Recorded the final goal of the Orange and Blue's 3-0 shutout of UC Santa Barbara ... Assisted Jordan Hilbrands in notching the game-winning goal against UC Santa Barbara ... Recorded a goal during Illinois' 5-0 triumph over Michigan State to become one of 10 Illini to record a point during the contest ... Took five shots over 97 minutes of action against Denver, putting two on target ... Pressured the UC Santa Barbara defense by putting three of her four shots on net.
High School/Club: Member of the Michigan ODP team from 2004-09 and the Region II team from 2005-09 ... Won five State Cup national titles ... Attended '90 National Team Camp in 2008 ... Named first team all-state as a junior and senior and to the Michigan Dream Team as a senior ... Also a two-time all-area and all-region selection ... Led Lake Orion to two district finals and one regional semifinal ... Coached by Ken Snage and Demir Muftari.
Personal: Born Nov. 26, 1991 ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Daugher of Gary and Karen Read ... Has a younger sister, Victoria.
Getting to Know Niki: Favorite Athlete: Rajon Rondo ... Favorite Pro Team: Boston Celtics ... Favorite TV Show: ESPN First Take ... Favorite Quote: "Never give up." ... Hobbies: Dancing, writing and telling stories.
Niki Read's Career Statistics