Women's Soccer
Illinois Battles Indiana and Purdue This Weekend

Senior Shayla Mutz has one goal on the season while posting three shutouts with the defense
Senior Shayla Mutz has one goal on the season while posting three shutouts with the defense

Sept. 27, 2012

Week 7 Complete Notes

Week 7 Soccer Notes

Game 11: Illinois (5-4-1, 2-1-0 BT) vs Indiana (5-5-1, 0-3-0 BT)

Friday Sept. 28 // 6:30 p.m. CT //  Armstrong Stadium // Bloomington, Ind.


Live Stats: Gametracker 


Illinois leads the series, 9-3-3. (Last Meeting: Illini 4 - Indiana 1; 9/30/11, Champaign, Ill.)

Game 12: Illinois (5-4-1, 2-1-0 BT) vs Purdue (6-4-1, 1-2-0 BT)

Sunday Sept. 30 // 12 p.m. CT //  Boilmaker Soccer Complex // West Lafayette, Ind.


Live Stats: Gametracker 

Radio: WDWS 1400 AM - Brian Moline and Tim Ditman


Illini lead the series, 10-5-2. (Last Meeting: Illini 1 - Purdue 0; 10/2/11, Champaign, Ill.)

Just for kicks

... The Illinois defense and goalkeeper Steph Panozzo recorded the third shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over Ohio State. Panozzo is nine shutouts shy of tying Ast. Coach Leisha Alcia’s single season record. 

... Illini moved to 3-0 in games played under the lights on Friday.

... The Orange and Blue are currently leading the conference in shots with 66 in three games of Big Ten play. 

... Illinois is also tied for second in Big Ten competition in earning corner kicks with 17 and tied for third in saves with 15.

... The Illini have produced an undefeated mark of winning games when scoring first. Illinois is currently 5-0-0 in that instance, and 31-0-0 spanning the previous three seasons.

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

...Steph Panozzo is one of two goalkeepers around the Big Ten to have played every minute this season. 

... Currently hold the conference high of 28 shots in a game (vs Iowa). Vanessa DiBernardo also set the home record with 11 shot attempts. 

...Illinois can establish a winning road record by the weekend’s end, currently 1-2-1.

... Are 3-0-0 when they lead at halftime, and 4-0-1 when they have outshot their opponent.

2012 Fighting Illini Media Coverage

The University of Illinois soccer squad have received 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. 

Brian Moline and Tim Ditman will be calling the live play-by-play for the following remaining games: 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 and one when the Illini travel to Wisconsin. BTN returns to Champaign Oct. 4,  when the Illini welcome Michigan State for a 7 p.m. matchup. BTN also just announced they have added the Wisconsin-Illinois game on Oct. 14 with a new game time of 4 p.m. CT.  

Illinois on the Big Ten Network

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

at Wisconsin // Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. 

Illinois on WDWS AM 1400

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.


After lightning delayed the game for an hour, the Fighting Illini women’s soccer team battled the visiting Ohio State buckeyes in rainy slick conditions and emerged triumphant with a 1-0 victory on Friday. In the 68th-minute, Illinois got their lone strike of the match thanks to great shot by freshman Taylore Peterson. The play started with a free kick taken by Kassidy Brown just inside the Buckeyes half. The ball found Breece at the top of the six yard box, who passed it off to Peterson who then one-timed the shot into the lower left corner of the goal. The tally was Peterson’s second of the season and second game-winner. Breece collected her team-leading sixth point of the season while Brown recorded her first assist.

Penn State spoiled the SoccerFest festivities on Sunday, when they downed the Illinois 4-0. The Nittany Lions scored three goals in the first 18 minutes of the match and netted their fourth in the 86th. Illinois finished with 19 shots compared to Penn State’s 25. DiBernardo led the team with four strikes while Panozzo finished the day with six saves. 


The Fighting Illini will compete in their first Big Ten road games this weekend when they travel to Indiana and Purdue.  The Illini will face the Hoosiers at 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday in Bloomington, Ind. and the Boilermakers at 12:00 p.m. CT on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Hoosiers currently hold a 5-5-1 overall record and a 0-3-0 conference record.  Indiana started off the season with two straight wins over Northern Kentucky, Arkansas State, and Ohio but faltered to the University of Southern Florida 3-0.  They wrapped their non-conference portion of their schedule with a 3-1-1 run before dropping three straight in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers lost 3-0 to Michigan, 1-0 to Iowa and 2-1 to Nebraska.

Indiana is led by junior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy, junior forward Rebecca Candler and senior forward Orianica Velasquez.  Nouanesengsy started off the season by earning Big Ten Player of the Week Honors on Aug. 20th.  She is the first IU player to receive the honor since Sept. 21, 2009.  Candler is currently second on the team with goals (3) and first with assists (5).  During the game against Missouri State, she scored a pair of goals to lead the Hoosiers to victory.  

Velasquez is coming into the season having played for the Colombian Women’s Soccer team during the Olympics in London.  While the Colombian team finished with a 0-3 record in their group, Velasquez registered a total of nine shots throughout the three games.  The Hoosiers have stuck with Shannon Flower as the goalkeeper throughout most of the season.  She has recorded 42 saves and has a save percentage of .724.  The last time the Fighting Illini and Hoosiers met, the Illini came out with a 4-1 victory on Sept. 30, 2011, in Champaign. 

The Boilermakers are currently 6-4-1 overall and hold a 1-2-0 conference record. Purdue started with an up and down season registering two wins and two losses.  From there they continued with a four game unbeaten mark that included a tie against West Virginia.  Purdue kicked off conference play with a 2-1 overtime loss to Michigan State followed by a 2-1 win over Nebraska. The Boilmakers return to action after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Iowa on Sunday and will host Northwestern this Friday.

Purdue is led by junior midfielder/forward Jordan Pawlik and junior forward Hadley Stuart.  Pawlik leads the team with seven goals and is second in shots on goal with 22.  Most notably, Pawlik scored a hat trick in Purdue’s victory against the University of Evansville in early September.  Stuart is second on the team in goals with four and leads in shots on goal with 34.  Along with two of her fellow teammates, Stuart was named one of the Big Ten Players to watch throughout the season.

Redshirt junior Clara Kridler has been tending goal for the Boilermakers, competing in every game thus far for a total of 997 minutes. She currently has 47 saves and a save percentage of .770.  

The last time the Fighting Illini and Boilermakers met, the Illini took home the win with a score of 1-0 on October 1, 2011, in Champaign.  Illinois outshot Purdue 14-2 and placed six attempts on-target while Purdue only tallied one on frame. 


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.

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. 


Two freshmen currently lead the Illini in goals with two each. St. Louis native Nicole Breece tallied goals in the Illini’s 1-1 tie with Illinois State and their 2-1 win over Iowa. Breece also currently leads the team in points (6). Portage, Michigan native Taylore Peterson netted a goal in the 3-1 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and delivered the game-winner in the 1-0 win over Ohio State. Freshman Tailor Smith started all seven non-conference games on defense, helping the Illini record two shutouts in the process. Freshman Amy Feher has also seen some minutes up top, appearing in five games, including a 40-minute showing in the game against No. 11 Penn State.


Since the 2010 season, the Orange and Blue have established an undefeated record when scoring first in the contest. With a 1-0 win over Ohio State on Sept. 21, the Illini move to 5-0-0 in that instance this year and 31-0-0 over the past three seasons. In congruence, Illinois is 3-0-0 when leading at halftime and 4-0-1 when they have outshot their opponent. 


In a unique trend this season, the Orange and Blue are currently undefeated at 3-0-0 when playing underneath the lights. This year, the Illini squad has defeated Western Michigan, UC Santa Barbara and Ohio State in night games. Furthermore, all three games have been won by a 1-0 decision.  


The Orange and Blue lead all Big Ten opponents in total number of shots in conference play. The Illini have accomlished an impressive 66 shots over three contests. Illinois produced a season high 28 shots in their 2-1 win over Iowa in the Big Ten opener. Junior standout Vanessa DiBernardo recorded a new home record in the game with 11 shot attempts. Penn State and Iowa round out the top three with 61 and 50, respectively.