Memorable Big Ten Tournament Run Highlights 2012
Illini Look to claim 5 Straight Wins against the Spartans
First Big Ten away games for the Illini
Set to clash with Virginia Tech and Wake Forest
Week 3 Soccer Notes
2012 - Freshman:Started all seven non-conference games on the backline before sustaining a season ending injury... Recorded her first collegiate shot vs. Milwaukee... Helped limit the No. 11 and No. 17 teams in the nation to a combined two goals.
High School/Club:Four-year starter and letterwinner at Mountain Vista High School ... Four-time all-league and two-time all-state honoree ... Was Mountain Vista's leading scorer in 2010, earning offensive MVP ... Scored a pair of goals in the 2011 Colorado all-state game ... Led Mountain Vista to the 2011 5A State Championship while also winning the league title and finishing as 5A Final Four finalists in 2010, earning three consecutive league titles while securing a playoff berth in each of her four scholastic seasons ... Named 2012 Mountain Vista team MVP ... High school squad was ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN in 2012 after placing second in the country in 2011 ... Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region IV Pool player ... Was selected for the 2012 ECNL/id2 Regional and National Training Camps ... Led her club team, REAL Colorado, to the 2009 ECNL Final Four and the 2012 National Championship Tournament ... REAL Colorado played in the State Cup Championship every year with Smith on the squad, winning one title ... Was equally successful in the classroom, earning four all-league and two all-state academic honor while twice being an academic letterwinner ... 2011 Mountain Vista squad earned an academic team award in 2011 with a 3.78 combined GPA.
Getting To Know Tailor:Biggest Sports Thrill: "Winning when we are the underdog." ... Favorite Athlete and Why: "Lionel Messi, because of his style of play and finesse." ... Favorite Sports Team: The Oakland Raiders ... Favorite Movies: Transformers and Harry Potter ... Why did you choose Illinois?: "The atmosphere, my connection with the coaches and the success of the soccer program, which I believe will give me the opportunity to win a national championship." ... Most Influenced By: My parents.
Personal: Daughter of Joel and Tammy Smith ... Has two siblings, Kendall and Jacey ... National Honor Society member ... Participates in the Eagle's Nest, a school leadership group ... Father, Joel, played outside linebacker on the Western Washington University football team.