Head coach Janet Rayfield has guided the Illini to top-25 rankings in eight consecutive seasons.
Sept. 21, 2010
Complete NSCAA Weekly Top-25 Release
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois women's soccer team entered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top-25 weekly poll for the first time during 2010 on Tuesday, earning the 20th spot in the rankings.
The Illini placed tied for 26th in the previous week's poll, falling two votes short of the 25th spot; however, a strong weekend against LSU and #23 Louisville catapulted the Illini into the top-25. Entering the rankings this week marks the eight consecutive season Illinois has earned a spot among the nation's top-25.
Over the weekend, Illinois downed LSU, 1-0, on Friday evening. Senior defender Krystin Miller converted the first penalty-kick attempt of the season for the Illini in the 84th minute for her first goal on the season. Illinois followed on Sunday afternoon with its first victory over a ranked opponent during 2010, shutting out #23 Louisville, 3-0. Freshman Megan Pawloski notched the game-winning goal in the 37th minute while sophomores Shayla Mutz and Marissa Holden followed with a goal each to complete scoring.
Georgetown, with 232 votes, sits one spot ahead of the Orange and Blue's 228 votes. Rounding out the poll is Arizona State (155 votes), USC (148), South Carolina (124), Louisville (69) and Memphis (56).
The Orange and Blue are also ranked in Soccer America's top-25, earning the 15th spot, as well as College Soccer 360's poll, controlling the 23rd spot. On TopDrawerSoccer.com, the Illini jumped from the 34th place to the 20th overall seed in their NCAA Tournament bracket predictions.