Women's Soccer
Illinois Welcomes Iowa in Big Ten Opener

Janet Rayfield returns to the helm of an Illinois squad that went 3-3-1 in non-conference play
Janet Rayfield returns to the helm of an Illinois squad that went 3-3-1 in non-conference play

Sept. 13, 2012

Complete Week 5 Game Notes

Week 5 Soccer Notes

Game 8: Illinois (3-3-1) vs Iowa (9-0-0)

Sunday Sept. 16 // 2 p.m. CT //  Illinois Soccer Stadium // Champaign, Ill.

Game Coverage

Television: Airing live on Big Ten Network with coverage starting at 2 p.m. CT

Live Stats

The Series

The Illini lead the series over Iowa, 11-5-1. (Last Meeting: #23 Illinois 2 - (RV) Iowa 2 - 2OT; 9/18/11) 

Just for kicks

... Sunday’s match marks the 150th Big Ten regular season matchup in the soccer program’s history.

... The Illini are 76-60-13 (.554) lifetime in the Big Ten regular season. While Coach Rayfield has compiled a 57-34-10 (.614) record in Big Ten in 10 years at Illinois. 

...Illinois is second in winning percentage in Big Ten regular season play, only behind Penn State (.865).

... The Iowa game also marks the first official game head coach Janet Rayfield and Vanessa DiBernardo will be with the team. 

... The Illini have carried over last season’s undefeated success of winning games when scoring first. Illinois is currently 3-0-0 in that instance, following last year’s 15-0-0 showing. 

... The Orange and Blue recorded their first multi-score game of the season in their 3-1 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

... Illinois has won its past 74 games when netting three or more goals, dating back to the 1999 season.

... The victory over Wis-Milwaukee was the 190th win in the program’s history.

... A year after securing the second most home wins in Illini history (9), the Orange and Blue are off to 2-0-0 start, recording Rayfield’s 75th home win in the process.

2012 Fighting Illini Media Coverage

The University of Illinois soccer squad will receive considerable coverage from local and regional media outlets throughout the 2012 regular season, with live broadcasts of contests featured on the Big Ten Network and the Illini Sports Network - WDWS 1400AM in addition to weekly print coverage in the Daily Illini and News-Gazette. In total, two Illini contests will be featured on the conference’s television network while WDWS will carry a guaranteed seven matches. 

Brian Moline and Tim Ditman will be calling the live play-by-play for the following remaining games: Iowa (9/16), Penn State (9/23), Purdue (9/30), Michigan State (10/4), Northwestern (10/18) and the Big Ten Tournament (11/4) if the Illini advance. 

The Big Ten Network will broadcast two live games from the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. The first game aired by BTN will be Sept. 16 when Illinois hosts Iowa at 2 p.m. Then BTN returns to Champaign Oct. 4,  when the Illini welcome Michigan State for a 7 p.m. matchup. Big Ten Student U will broadcast one additional contest when Illinois hosts Ohio State on Sept. 21 for a 6 p.m. kickoff

Illinois on the Big Ten Network

vs. Iowa // Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

vs. Michigan St. // Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Illinois on Student U

vs. Ohio State // Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m.

Illinois on WDWS AM 1400

vs. Iowa // Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

vs. Penn St. // Sunday, Sept. 23 at Noon

at Purdue // Sunday, Sept. 30 at Noon

vs. Michigan St. // Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

vs. Northwestern // Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7p.m.


The Fighting Illini traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. to compete against two ranked squads in the Wake Forest Invitational. On Friday, the Illini lost to then No. 11 Virginia Tech 1-0, then suffered another 1-0 hard fought loss to No. 17 Wake Forest on Sunday. Christina Farrell and Steph Panozzo were named to the All-Tournament team.  

Virginia Tech got on the board in the eighth minute with a Shannon Mayrose goal that started with a corner kick. Mayrose, the Hokies current goals and points leader, was standing at the top of the six yard box and deflected a shot in by Julia Goldsworthy who was credited with the assist. The Illini defense would not allow a shot on goal in the second half until the 67th minute, when Steph Panozzo recorded her first and only save of the match. The Illini nearly tied it in the last 20 seconds but Niki Read’s blast soared just over the crossbar. Illinois finished the contest with seven shots, three on goal, compared to Virginia Tech’s 14 shots with just two on goal.

On Sunday, the Demon Deacons scored their eventual game-winner in the 72nd minute. Wake Forest earned a corner kick taken by Jessica Mandarich. Her strike found Ally Berry’s head in the Illini box, which then found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. The Orange and Blue produced some goal scoring opportunities in the final four minutes of the match. Megan Pawloski’s shot was blocked by a Wake Forest defender to earn a corner kick for the Illini. Next, Nicole Breece would find Kassidy Brown on the ensuing play, but Brown’s shot would go wide right. Illinois finished with four shots compared to Wake Forest’s 14, as the Illini could not register a shot on goal. In addition, Steph Panozzo accomplished three saves in the matchup. 


The Fighting Illini will begin Big Ten play this weekend when they take on Iowa at 2:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, Sept. 16th. The Orange and Blue will host the Hawkeyes at the Illinois Soccer Stadium and the game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. 

Iowa has started the season strong as the Hawkeyes possess a record of 9-0-0 and most currently won the Black Knight Classic in West Point, N.Y.  They are ranked No. 33 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 National Ranking and No. 5 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Great Lakes poll. 

The Hawkeyes are led by Sophomore Cloe Lacasse and junior Ashley Catrell. Lacasse was named MVP of the Black Knight Classic and currently ranks fourth on Iowa’s all-time career goal list.  She has 11 goals this season, including four game winners. Lacasse now has 23 goals in her young career. She also leads the team with six assists and 28 points. Like Lacasse, Catrell has started in all nine games recording seven goals in the process. 

Freshmen goalkeepers Hannah Clark and Meg Goodson rank first and second amongst Big Ten schools in save percentage.  Clark has a 90% save percentage, while Goodson is at 88.9%.  Clark holds a 5-0-0 record with nine saves through 350 minutes played while Goodson holds a 3-0-0 record with 16 saves through 270 minutes played. 

Iowa has outscored it’s opponents 27-3 this season, and has outshot them 155-80.  Furthermore, the Hawkeyes hold a 76-33 advantage in shots on goal and are averaging 3.5 goals per game with 49.6% of their shots scoring. 

Last season, the Fighting Illini traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, and battled an undefeated Hawkeyes  team at the time. The Orange and Blue rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two second half goals to give Iowa their first tie of the year. Current senior defender Shayla Mutz tallied the game-tying mark in the contest. The Illini lead the overall series 11-5-1.


For the second consecutive season, junior Vanessa DiBernardo received a spot on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. She is one of 38 women’s soccer athletes up for the Hermann Trophy, given to one collegiate soccer player of each gender in recognition of their excellence in the sport as the best athlete of that year. 

DiBernardo was also picked as a preseason All-American by Soccer America and was named a Big Ten Conference Player To Watch. Top Drawer Soccer (TDS) recently released their top-100 upperclassmen list with DiBernardo ranked 10th, climbing 62 spots from a year ago. In addition, TDS released their top-20 preseason Big Ten players with DiBernardo and senior goalkeeper Steph Panozzo making the cut.

Furthermore, Panozzo, DiBernardo and junior defender Kassidy Brown were named to the conference watch list by the Big Ten. Finally, Taylore Peterson got in on the action when she was announced as pre-season Big Ten freshman of the year by College Sports Madness.

Last week, junior defender Christina Farrell and Steph Panozzo were named to the Wake Forest Invitational All-Tournament Team. The duo limited the No. 17 and No. 11 teams in the nation to a combined two goals. 


Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield along with junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo return to Champaign after clinching the U-20 World Cup Title for the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team in Japan.

In their first match, the U.S. cruised past Ghana with a 4-0 win. In fact, it was the Naperville native’s corner kick in the 20th minute that placed the Americans on the board. In the second match, the U.S. squad tied China PR 1-1. In the final match of group play, the U.S. lost to Germany 3-0, but thanks to a superior goal differential over China, advanced out of group play. 

In the quarterfinal knockout round, the U.S. sent Korea packing with a 2-1 win in overtime. DiBernardo scored her first goal of the tournament in the 52nd minute from an impressive 28 yards out. Next up, the U.S. downed Nigeria 2-0 in the semis. 

DiBernardo, Rayfield and company then received a rematch with Germany but this time for the World Cup Title at the Tokyo National Stadium. The odds were in the Germans favor, as the defending champs had produced a record shutout streak of 610 minutes. However, in the 44th minute, The U.S.’ Kealia Ohai netted the eventual game-winner.

Illini Vanessa DiBernardo started in all six contests in the world cup, compiling 543 minutes of play. In addition, DiBernardo was one of five Americans to produce a goal throughout the tournament. Finally, DiBernardo’s goal was nominated for best goal of the World Cup tournament.