Women's Soccer

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith


Tullahoma, Tenn.

High School:




Club team:
Brentwood Arsenal

Recorded her first assist since freshman year on 8-31 vs Ohio

Appeared in nine games and made two starts on the season ? Started the first two games of the season against Missouri and Kentucky in the Nike Tiger Invitational ? Fired one shot on goal against Cincinnati on 9/8.

Made five starts in 13 appearances ? Fired 13 shots, three of which were on goal ? Started against Marquette, firing three shots, one on goal ? Also recorded shots on goal against Michigan State and Minnesota ? Sidelined for the last portion of the season with an ankle injury.

Played in 16 games, starting in two contests ? First career goal was the Illini?s only tally in a 2-1 loss to Wisconsin ? Recorded two of her three assists against Northern Illinois ? Fired nine shots, six on goal.

High School
1999 All-Midstate First Team member ? Three-time co-MVP on all-district team ? Holds school record for most goals scored with 59 goals in four years ? Is the all-time goals, assists and points leader at her school ? Became the school?s only two-time all-state recipient ? Two-time MVP of Region 4AAA ? Named team MVP three consecutive seasons beginning her sophomore year ? Captained team to three district championships, two regional championships, one sectional championship and one final four ? Played for Lady Lightning and Brentwood Arsenal club teams ? Also lettered four years in track ? High school coach was Richie Chadwick.

Born on May 8, 1982 ? Daughter of Paul and Marcia Smith, both Illinois graduates ? Majoring in kinesiology ? Member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

Getting to know Jen
Nickname: Jin ? Favorite TV show: CSI ? Favorite movie: Gladiator ? Favorite book: A Time to Kill ? Favorite musical group: Matchbox 20 ? I?ve been told I look like: my sister ? Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: her knowledge of the game ? Not many people know this about me: I?m from the South ? Three words that describe me: dedicated, determined and disciplined ? I chose Illinois because: great academics, I can play soccer and it?s closer to my family.

Coach Rayfield on Smith
?Jen had a good spring also and will compete for a starting spot as a central midfielder. She probably is the most complete player when you evaluate abiltiy on both sides of the ball. She is technically sound, fit, and has good vision and can also defend, win balls, and tackle hard. Disciplined and steady, Jen has the ability to be a significant piece of our 2003 campaign. ?

Smith?s Career Statistics

Year    GP-GS   S    SOG   G    A    Pts.  GWG
2000    16-2    9     6    1    3     5     0
2001    16-5    13    3    0    0     0     0
2002    9-2     1     0    0    0     0     0
Total   41-9    23    9    1    3     5     0