Women's Soccer

Emily Zurrer
Emily Zurrer


Vancouver, B.C.

High School:
Cowichan Secondary




Club Team:
Nanaimo Women's Premier


#15 Illinois Upsets #9 Penn State 3-2

Photos from No. 15 Illinois soccer's 3-2 upset of No. 9 Penn State in front of a school-record 2,667 fans.

2008 - Senior: Illinois' Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient • Named a third-team All-American by Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer • Nominee for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award • Started on the back line for the Canadian Women's National Team at the Beijing Olympics • Earned Soccer America Team of the Week honors (9/2) after heading in the golden goal against Dayton to propel Illinois to a 1-0 victory in the championship game of the Illini Challenge Cup • Named to Soccer Buzz's Team of the Week (9/23) after netting the game-winning goal against previously undefeated Washington • Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and earned Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Team of the Week honors (10/8) following her outstanding performance that led the Illini to back-to-back shutouts over Michigan State and Michigan • Earned Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week honors (11/4) after she headed in game-winning goal over Purdue off a corner kick in her final collegiate game • Collected weekly honors eight times during the season • Showcased in the Faces in the Crowd section of the Oct. 13 edition of Sports Illustrated • Named to the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy preseason watch list • Tabbed a preseason second-team All-American by Soccer America.

2007 - Junior: Named to Soccer Buzz All-America fourth team • Made the Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region first team • Earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team • Also named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season second team • Named All-Big Ten first team • Named to the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy preseason watch list • Started in all 21 games and led the team in total minutes played • Led the Illini to a shutout victory against then No. 9 Florida that earned her honors for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Soccer America Team of the Week • Notched four goals and one assist on the season, including the game-tying goal against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.

2006 - Sophomore: Member of the Canadian U-20 National Team that competed in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championships in Russia in August • Named to the All-America third team by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz • Named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season first team • Also named to the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region first teams • Named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year • Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team • Two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/11, 10/23), the first non-goalkeeper to accomplish the feat • Also a two-time selection to Soccer Buzz's Elite Team of the Week, Soccer America's Team of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer's Team of the Week • Named to Soccer Times' "Best of the Rest" team on Oct. 25 • Scored the game-winning goal against No. 13 Auburn • Assisted on the game-winner against Minnesota • Played all but 10 minutes after returning from the U-20 World Championships in Russia, playing 1,999 minutes after the Texas A&M match • Assisted on the game-winning goal against SEMO in the first round of the NCAA Tournament • Academic All-Big Ten selection • Played for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League during the summer along with Illini teammate Ella Masar.

2005 - Freshman: Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team • Named to Soccer America's Team of the Week on 9/28 after scoring the golden goal vs. Wisconsin and notching an assist vs. Northwestern • Played in all 22 games - starting 21 - scoring two goals and notching two assists • Played in 96 percent of Illinois' total minutes (1,641 of 1,713) • Was on the field for the entire match in all but four • Had her first career goal and first career game-winning goal vs. Illinois State • Scored the golden goal in a 3-2 overtime victory vs. Wisconsin • Enrolled at Illinois in the spring of 2004 after spending the fall season as a member of the U-19 Canadian National Team competing at the 2004 World Championships. International: Has earned 15 international caps with the Canadian Women's U-20 Team, scoring three goals • Also holds four international caps with the Canadian Women's National Team • Played in two matches of the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand • Played four games, scored three goals and was named tournament MVP at the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament.

High School/Club: High school Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2004 • Member of the Canadian National U-16, U-17, & U-19 Teams in 2002, 2003, & 2004 • Named MVP of 2004 U-19 World Championship Qualifying Tournament • Has attended eight National Team Camps • Teamed up with UI teammate Kristy Weeks to help the British Columbia Provincial Team to second place at Nationals in 2002 and third place in 2003 • Named Cowichan Junior Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and the Overall Athlete of the Year in 2003 • Has been named team MVP for basketball, rugby and volleyball • Captain of both the basketball and volleyball teams • Is one of British Columbia's all-time Top-10 pentathletes for girls born in 1987.

Personal: Born July 12, 1987 • Daughter of Rob and Lesley Zurrer • Has one sister • Cousin, Robbie, plays professional volleyball in Switzerland • Holds a black belt in karate • Majoring in advertising.

Getting to Know Emily: Nickname: EZ, Em, Emo, Emmez • Favorite athlete: Lance Armstrong • Favorite TV shows: Grey's Anatomy, Prison Break • Favorite movies: Remember the Titans, Dumb & Dumber • Favorite book: The DaVinci Code • Favorite actor: Will Farrell • I have been told I look like: Neve Campbell • Biggest sports thrill: Winning the U-19 Tournament and being named MVP • Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: She's a motivator • Three words that describe me: Friendly, outgoing, determined • I chose Illinois because: I really liked the team and coaches.

Coach Rayfield on Zurrer: "An anchor, a leader, a problem solver ... You could call Emily Zurrer any one of those things. As we solidify our defense this fall, there is no doubt that Emily Zurrer will be one of the key pieces of the foundation of that defense. Her vast experiences, which will now include the 2008 Olympic Games, provide her the instinctive awareness and game savvy to organize and lead. At the same time, her athletic ability and competitive mentality really shine in times of danger and she seems to come from nowhere to thwart dangerous opportunities. Playing next to Danielle Kot, who excels at holding and organizing, Emily should also find the freedom to go forward and find times to be the one creating danger as opposed to thwarting it."


Year	GP-GS	G	A	P	GWG	Shots	SOG
2005	22-21	2	2	6	2	24	13
2006	22-22	1	2	4	1	21	8
2007	21-21	4	1	9	0	21	9
2008	21-20	4	0	8	3	28	11
TOTALS	86-84	11	5	27	6	94	41