Illini look to build upon 2011 success
Illini New and Old Return After A Successful 2011 Campaign
Illini show great individual development over 2012 spring season
Illini look to improve on 1-1-1 spring record at Ramblers
Soccer hosts second spring game on Sunday, April 15 at Noon CT
2012 - Redshirt-Freshman:Did not play due to leg injury.
High School: Anchored the defense at one of the most successful scholastic programs in the nation, The Pennington School (N.J.), earning four letters while accumulating a career record of 70-5-9, including 50 shutouts ... Won four consecutive Prep A State and Mercer County Tournament Championships ... 2010 Star Ledger and TrentonianNew Jersey Player of the Year ... 2010 First Team All-State and Mercer 33 Team ... 2010 New Jersey Girls Player to Watch and ESPN Rise State All-Star ... EPYSA Top-100 player ... Three-time First Team All-Prep ... 2008 Pennington School squad was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NSCAA ... Was a state Olympic Development Program player from 2004-08 and regional ODP team member from 2005-08 ... 2006 ODP National Pool Player and 2006-07 Boca Inter-Regional participant ... Attended the adidas Elite Player Camp from 2008-09 ... Was a Top Drawer Soccer nationally-ranked player in high school and appeared on Soccer America's Player's to Watch list in 2007 ... Played club soccer for the Players Development Academy (PDA), the No. 1 girls club in the country while she led the squad ... PDA won state and regional championships five times (2005, 07-10) and was a national semifinalist (2008, 2010) and finalist (2007, 2009) as well ... PDA won a U.S. Club National Championship in 2006 and an ECNL National Championship in 2010.
Personal:Born Sept. 20, 1992 ... Daughter of John and Nancy Roche ... Has one sister, Meghan, who also plays for the Players Development Academy ... Majoring in education ... Attended the University of Miami (Fla.) in 2011 before deciding to transfer to the University of Illinois prior to the Spring 2012 semester.
Getting to Know Shannon: Who most influenced your athletic career? "My father had the most influence on my athletic career. My dad trained me since I was a young girl. I learned from an early age about putting in hard work on and off the field from my dad. His athletic experience has helped me become the player I am today." ... Favorite Athlete: Clay Matthews ... Favorite Quote: "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger!" ... Favorite Book: A Piece of Cake ... Favorite Pre-Game Meal: A turkey sandwich with a pickle and a smoothie ... Dream Job: Veterinarian ... Favorite Athletic Moment: "Winning the first ECNL National Championship in 2010." ... Why did you choose the University of Illinois? "I chose the University of Illinois for their excellent academic reputation. Also, I am excited to play soccer for a successful team with an experienced and professional coaching staff. I'm looking forward to being a part of something very special with the Fighting Illini!"