Pair of Former Illini Join Vancouver Whitecaps
May 11, 2012
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Illinois soccer alumni Jenna Carosio and Marissa Mykines recently secured spots on the 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC roster for the upcoming season, as announced by the club team this week. Carosio will fill a role on the Whitecaps defense while Mykines will serve as an attacking player looked upon to create chances for the Vancouver offense.
Carosio concluded her career as an Illini with one of the more lauded defensive seasons in program history, the only year of the Novi, Mich., native's career on the backline. Carosio took home Big Ten Defender of the Year, All-Big Ten First Team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team while leading Illinois to nine shutouts on the 2011 campaign, including a 1-0 victory over defending National Champion Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the only instance of the reigning champion falling in the opening contest in NCAA Division-I women's soccer history. Carosio was equally impressive as an engineering student at Illinois, earning NSCAA Academic All-America Second Team and All-Great Lakes Region First Team laurels before receiving the Big Ten Medal of Honor at the annual Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Reception.
Mykines evolved into a top-of-the-conference scoring threat as a senior to help pace the Orange and Blue offense that scored 2.21 goals per game and earned four or more tallies in a contest on five occasions. In 2011, Mykines took home All-Big Ten and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team honors with 19 points on eight goals and three assists, including the game-winner in overtime against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals. Over four seasons as an attacking player for the Illini, Mykines accumulated 41 points on 14 goals and 13 assists, totaling six game-winning marks.
The Whitecaps open the home portion of their schedule on Friday, May 18, at Langley's McLeod Athletic Park, when Vancouver hosts the Colorado Rush. For more information on the Whitecaps 2012 regular season schedule, check out their website here.