Photos from No. 15 Illinois soccer's 3-2 upset of No. 9 Penn State in front of a school-record 2,667 fans.
2005 - Junior: Started and played in all 22 matches Led Illinois with six assists and was second on the team with 16 points Strung together a school-record six games with an assist from 9/16-10/7 Tied the school record for most consecutive games with a point with an eight-game streak from 9/9-10/7 Had the game-winning goal against San Francisco Also scored goals against #23 Stanford, Ohio State, and Michigan (10/14 and 11/4).
2004 - Sophomore: Appeared in 22 matches, making two starts Finished the season with three assists Provided the assist on Illinois' first goal of the season in a 4-1 victory over Missouri Followed up in the next match with an assist at SE Missouri St. Her third assist came vs. Minnesota.
2003 - Freshman: Appeared in all 22 matches and started seven Led the Big Ten with five assists in league play Had one goal and five assists on the season Three of her five assists, including the first of her career, came in a 3-1 win over Minnesota, tying the school record for assists in a match Two of her assists led to game-winning goals Recorded her first career goal against Northwestern.
High School/Club: Selected to the Seattle All-Metro first team 2000-02 Helped Holy Names to the 3A State Championship as a freshman in 1999 Led team in goals and assists from 2000-02 Played for the Emerald City Football Club and led them to two Washington State Titles (2000, 2001) and to the U.S. Club Soccer Regional Title in 2003 Participated in ODP for four years and was a member of the Washington State Team for three years Also participated in tennis and track and field at Holy Names.
Personal: Born July 25, 1985 Daughter of Scott and Maria Petrulis Strickland Parents are both Illinois alumni Majoring in marketing Was the salutatorian of her high school class National Honor Society member.
Getting to know Eva: Favorite athlete: Kaka Favorite movies: Pride and Prejudice, Patton, Finding Neverland, The Devil Wears Prada and Thomas Crown Affair Favorite musical groups: Kanye West, Deathcab for Cutie, Jack Johnson, Postal Service Famous people I've met: Tiger Woods, Gary Payton, Michelle Akers, Tony DiCiccio, Tiffany Milbrett Three words that describe me: Enthusiastic, hard-working and intelligent.
Coach Rayfield on Strickland: "From role player as a freshman to team captain as a senior, Eva has steadily grown as a player, a person, and as a leader. She continues to be the forward that we look to for possession out of the back. Her ability to handle physical pressure and maintain possession of the ball allows us to play the style we need to play to compete for a national championship. She continues to improve her focus, composure and decision making in the box, increasing her scoring numbers each year. She is determined to continue that progression in her senior campaign."