Women's Soccer
Illinois To Host Ohio State and #11 Penn State

Senior goalie Steph Panozzo enters the weekend with 30 total saves and a save percentage of .811
Senior goalie Steph Panozzo enters the weekend with 30 total saves and a save percentage of .811

Sept. 19, 2012

Complete Week 6 Notes

Week 6 Soccer Notes

Game 9: Illinois (4-3-1) vs (RV) Ohio State (6-2-0)

Friday Sept. 21 //  6 p.m. CT //  Illinois Soccer Stadium // Champaign, Ill.


Illinois trails OSU in the series, 7-8-1. (Last Meeting: Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals- #18 Illini 1 - Buckeyes 1 - 2OT - ILL advanced on PK's 4-2)


 Game 10: Illinois (4-3-1) vs #11 Penn State (6-2-0)

Sunday Sept. 23 //  12 p.m. CT //  Illinois Soccer Stadium // Champaign, Ill.


Radio: Brian Moline and Tim Ditman - WDWS AM 1400


Illini trail PSU in the series, 3-20. (Last Meeting: Big Ten Tournament Championship- #18 Illinois 2 - #11 Penn State 1 - OT)

Just for kicks

... Illinois recorded their second multi-goal game of the season in a 2-1 win over Iowa

... Illinois is second in all-time winning percentage in Big Ten regular season play, only behind Penn State.

... The squad produced a season high 28 shots against Iowa.

... Vanessa DiBernardo set a new home record with 11 shot attempts vs Iowa.

... The Illini have produced an undefeated mark of winning games when scoring first. Illinois is currently 4-0-0 in that instance, and 30-0-0 spanning the previous three seasons.

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

... A year after securing the second most home wins in Illini history (9), the Orange and Blue are off to 3-0-0 start.

... Illini have outscored their opponents at home 6-2.

... Are 3-0-0 when they lead at halftime, and 3-0-1 when they have outshot their opponent.

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: 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 one more live game from the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. BTN returns to Champaign Oct. 4,  when the Illini welcome Michigan State for a 7 p.m. matchup. 

Illinois on the Big Ten Network

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

Illinois on WDWS AM 1400

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 recorded their second multi-goal game of the season as they kicked off Big Ten play with a 2-1 win over Iowa. The game marked the first official appearance of head coach Janet Rayfield and junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo with the Orange and Blue squad after winning the U20 World Cup in Japan with team USA.

Vanessa DiBernardo wasted no time tallying a goal on her first shot within the first four minutes of the game. After a quick sequence of one touch passes between DiBernardo, Nicole Denenberg and Megan Pawloski, Vanessa was able to release a shot that found the lower left corner of the net.

Illinois would get their go-ahead goal when Pawloski used her flip throw-in to send a ball deep into Iowa's penalty box. Breece, who was waiting around the six-yard box then redirected the ball with her head to the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.

Illinois, who averaged 11.6 shots per game coming into the contest, recorded a season best 28 shots this afternoon. Illini keeper Steph Panozzo registered another solid game in goal, not allowing more than one goal for the seventh time this season. Panozzo also recorded five saves in the matchup, bringing her season total to 30.


The Fighting Illini continue Big Ten play this weekend when they host Ohio State at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 21, then battle Penn State on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Noon CT. The matchup with the Nittany Lions is also the annual Illini SoccerFest.

The Buckeyes roll into Champaign 6-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in conference. Ohio State started off the season with two straight losses to Hofstra and Rutgers but bounced back with six straight wins, including two over ranked opponents in No. 17 Maryland and No. 13 Missouri. In their six game win streak, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 12-1. In their previous match, OSU rallied to beat Minnesota 2-1 in overtime in their Big Ten opener. 

The Buckeyes are led by senior forward Tiffany Cameron who has scored seven goals and notched one assist good for 15 points through eight games. She also leads the team in shots and shots on goal with 27 and 15, respectively. Two other Buckeyes have tallied goals this season, with Lauren Granberg recording three and Marisa Wolf netting two. 

OSU has rotated freshman Jillian McVicker and junior Rachel Middleman into the goalkeeper position thus far. Middleman has seen almost three times the minutes McVicker has, playing in every game, but she also has given up four goals for a goals against average of 0.68, McVicker has played 201 minutes and has produced 12 saves while not conceding a goal. 

Ohio State and Illinois last met when the Orange and Blue sent the Buckeyes packing in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The two squads played to 1-1 draw through two overtimes, where the Illini then advanced on PK's 4-2. 

No. 11 Penn State is currently 6-2-0 and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions only two losses come from ranked opponents. They suffered a 3-2 loss at home to then No. 1 Stanford on Aug. 24 and recently dropped a 3-1 game to No. 17 BYU. PSU triumphed over Wisconsin 2-1 in the conference opener and will travel to Northwestern on Friday before arriving to Champaign on Sunday.

Christine Nairn leads all three major offensive categories for the Nittany Lions with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. She also leads with 31 shots with 15 on goal and two game-winners. Freshman forward Mallory Weber is off to a great rookie season with five goals. 

Maya Hayes and Taylor Schram have returned to the team after winning the gold medal with Illini Vanessa DiBernardo for the U20 U.S. Women's National Team. Hayes and Schram were PSU's top two goal scorers from 2011. In addition, Hayes scored four goals at the World Cup.

Erin McNulty has started in all eight games at goal and has allowed nine goals for a goals against average of 1.33. McNulty has recorded 23 saves for a save percentage of .719. 

This Sunday, Penn State and Illinois will square off in a rematch from the Big Ten Tournament Championship where the Illini won 2-1 in overtime. Vanessa DiBernardo tallied the game-winner to land Illinois their second BTT title. 


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) 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.

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. 


This Sunday's matchup against No. 11 Penn State marks the seventh annual Illini SoccerFest. The gates will open at 11 a.m. with kickoff slated for 12 p.m. CT.  It is free admission with free food for the first 1,000 fans. There will be inflatable games along with a face painting station. 

Illinois has never suffered a defeat on SoccerFest going 5-0-1 while outscoring their opponents 12-5. SoccerFest also accounts for six of the seven highest single-game attendance figures in program history. The largest crowd occurred in the inaugural year in 2006 when 2,667 fans arrived to the game vs Penn State. This Sunday marks the first SoccerFest the Nittany Lions have played in Champaign since that record setting day. 

Former Illini forward Ella Masar holds the record for most goals in a SoccerFest contest (two each in 2006 and 2007), total goals (4) and points (8). Current junior Megan Pawloski produced two goals during SoccerFest 2010, tying her with Masar for most in a single contest. Last year, the Orange and Blue downed the Wisconsin Badgers 1-0 as Pawloski netted her third SoccerFest goal of her career, bringing her one goal shy of tying the record.


Since the 2010 season, the Orange and Blue have established an undefeated record when scoring first in the contest. The Illini are currently 4-0-0 in that instance this year and 30-0-0 over the past three seasons. In congruence, Illinois is 3-0-0 when leading at halftime and 3-0-1 when they have outshot their opponent. 


In the Illini's 2-1 win over Iowa, the Orange and Blue crew produced a season high 28 shots. Coming into the matchup, the Illini were averaging 11.6 shots per game. The addition of junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo helped the squad, as the Naperville native set a new home record by attempting 11 shots in the game. 


 A year after securing the second most home wins in Illini history (9), the Orange and Blue are off to 3-0-0 start. The Illini have outscored their opponents at home 6-2. In addition, Illinois has averaged 17.3 shots at home compared to their opponent's 13.0 average. Illini goalkeeper Steph Panozzo has conceded just two goals through three games at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium, good for a 0.67 goals against average. Finally, in the Janet Rayfield era, the Illinois have a winning percentage of .818 at home.