Women's Soccer

Brittany Ward
Brittany Ward


Champaign, Ill.

High School:




Club team:
Little Illini S.C.

2004 - Sophomore: A solid reserve at forward, appearing in 17 matches in 2004 • Scored the fourth and final goal in Illinois' shutout victory of Minnesota (10/1) • Also rounded out the Illini scoring attack with the final goal in the 5-0 shutout of Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.

2003 - Freshman: Local product played in 21 of 22 games as part of Illinois' "six-front" during her freshman campaign • Scored two goals and and tallied three assists • First career point came on an assist in a 1-0 victory over Evansville on 9/14 • First career goal was the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Minnesota on 10/5 • Also scored the game-winning goal to defeat Butler 1-0 on 10/31.

High School: Four-time All-Area selection and 2001 News-Gazette Player of the Year • Four-time first team All-Big 12 Conference pick • Twice named to the All-Sectional team • Scored 102 career goals and tallied 86 career assists at Centennial • Played for the Little Illini Soccer Club with Illini teammate Ella Masar • Named an All-Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete.

Personal: Born on December 3, 1984 • Daughter of Steve and Arleen Ward • Majoring in sport management • Brother Dustin was a quarterback on the Fighting Illini football team from 1999-2003.

Getting to know Brittany: Nickname: Britt • Favorite athlete: my brother Dustin • Favorite TV show: Cosby Show • Favorite singer: Tim McGraw • Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: she's a motivator • Three words that describe me: honest, happy and determined • I chose Illinois because: a combination of soccer and how great of a school it is.

Coach Rayfield on Ward: "Brittany continues to play with a fearless mentality and competitive courage. Her courage in the penalty box and her willingness to battle relentlessly keep her in the fight for playing time as a forward. The last two years have been a learning experience for her and those lessons should really start to pay off in her junior year. As we look to replace Tara Hurless' goal-scoring numbers, a confident and tactical Brittany Ward could contribute to that effort."

Ward's career statistics

Year GP-GS G A Pts. Sh. Sh% SOG SOG% GWG 2003 21-0 2 3 7 17 .118 10 .588 2 2004 17-0 2 0 4 9 .222 3 .333 0 Total 38-0 4 3 11 26 .154 13 .500 2