Women's Soccer

Christine Sinak
Christine Sinak


St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Nerinx Hall




Club team:
Busch Soccer Club

Played in 17 matches and started 12 at the midfield position • Missed five games due to injury early in the season after starting all 42 games during her freshman and sophomore seasons • Launched 21 shots, five of which were on goal • Named a COSIDA Academic All-District second team selection and was an Academic All-Big Ten seleciton.

One of only four Illini to start all 21 games • Tallied an assist in Illinois' 4-0 shutout victory over Eastern Illinois on senior night • Fired 24 shots and nine shots on goal on the season • Was named sophomore class captain for the spring season • Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Started all 21 games recording six points with two goals and two assists • Put the Illini on the board just 55 seconds into the Big Ten Tournament semifinal contest against Michigan • Scored the game-winner in the 4-3 double-overtime victory at Kansas • Also picked up assists against Ohio State and Iowa • Named to the Soccerbuzz All-Great Lakes Region Freshman Team.

High School
Earned four varsity letters in soccer • Earned first team All-Conference honors her freshman, junior and senior years • First team All-Metro honoree as a junior and senior • Honorable mention All-Metro her freshman year when her team advanced to the Missouri State Final Four • Played in the senior All-Star game and was a Parade All-American as a senior • Soccer club teams won state titles from 1995-2000 • Was a member of the Missouri State ODP team for six seasons and the Regional team for four • High school coach was Richard Rone.

Born on Feb. 16, 1983 • Daughter of Tom and Mary Sinak • Has one brother and two sisters • Brother Tom was a Smith Super Team and NCBWA second-team baseball All-American for the Fighting Illini in 1994 • Majoring in food science & human nutrition • Earned high academic honors all four years of high school and was a member of the National Honor Society • Credits her brother for having the most influence on her athletic career because she watched him play for the Orange and Blue when she was only eight.

Getting to know Chris
Nickname: Chris • Favorite athletes: Lance Armstrong and Mary Lou Retton • Favorite Movie: Top Gun • Favorite singer: John Mayer • Favorite food: bananas & peanut butter • Advice to young soccer players: always remember why you started playing soccer...it was fun! • I have been told I look like: Katie Holmes • I most admire: my teammates • Three words that describe me: hardworking, inspired and competitive.

Coach Rayfield on Sinak
"Some things are constants in this world and Chris is one of them. I said this last year and I can say it again - she will be fit and she will win balls in the air. You just count on that. She competes with everything she has and her success on the field stems from the size of her heart. Chris has improved her tactical awareness and her ability to work collectively with the other midfielders. That will make her heart have an even greater impact."

Sinak's Career Statistics

Year    GP-GS    S    SOG   G    A   Pts.  GWG
2001    21-21    14   8     2    2    6     1
2002    21-21    24   9     0    1    1     0
2003    17-12    21   9     0    0    0     0
Total   59-54    59   26    2    3    7     1