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    Senior defender Emily Zurrer is spending the summer with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League.

    Senior defender Emily Zurrer is spending the summer with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League.

    May 21, 2008

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the beginning of summer, Illini soccer players of the present, past and future have spread out across the globe to join club and national teams. In addition to several Illini playing on W-League teams in the United States and Canada, former Illinois forward Ella Masar currently is playing for the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team in Germany and preparing for the 2008 Nordic Cup to be held in Sweden from July 15-21, while senior defender Emily Zurrer will join the Canadian National Team for a match against Australia on Friday, May 23, in Sydney, Australia.

    Zurrer, who is spending the summer in her native town of Vancouver, B.C., also was honored by the W-League as she was named to the Team of the Week. In the Vancouver Whitecaps' home-opener against Ventura, Zurrer showed her versatility on both sides of the ball, playing solid defense to help shut out the Fusion through the first 75 minutes while netting the game-tying goal in the 90th minute.

    Between trips to Germany for camps with the U-23 team, Masar will reunite with former Illini teammate Christen Karniski on the Washington Freedom of the W-League, while two more Illinois teammates will join forces for the Boston Renegades, as former Illini Mary Therese McDonnell and sophomore defender Danielle Kot spend the summer together in Beantown. In addition, junior forward Chichi Nweke returned home to Virginia to play with the Hampton Roads Piranhas and sophomore midfielder Krystin Miller will spend the break with the Michigan Hawks. Illinois 2008 signee Steph Panozzo, also a B.C. native, will remain close to home but see a familiar face, as she joins Zurrer on the Whitecaps for the summer.

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