Sophomore Nicole Breece and the Illini will head to Purdue and Indiana for a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend.
Oct. 2, 2013
|Game 12: Illinois (6-3-2, 1-1-1 Big Ten) at Purdue (6-4-1, 1-2-0 Big Ten)|
|Date||Friday, Oct. 4, 2013|
|Time||6 p.m. CT|
|Location||Boilermaker Soccer Complex | West Lafayette, Ind.|
|Series History||Illinois leads 10-5-3|
|Last Meeting||Tied 1-1 (2OT) (9/30/12) in West Lafayette|
|Game 13: Illinois (6-3-2, 1-1-1 Big Ten) at Indiana (8-2-1, 1-2-0 Big Ten)|
|Date||Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013|
|Time||11 a.m. CT|
|Location||Bill Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.|
|Radio||WDWS AM 1400 (Brian Moline & Tim Ditman) | Listen Online|
|Watch||BTDN on Fighting Illini All-Access|
|Series History||Illinois leads 10-3-3|
|Last Meeting||Illinois won 2-1 (9/28/12) in Bloomington|
|Road Trip Weekend Links|
|Preview Interviews||Coach Rayfield | Jannelle Flaws | Kassidy Brown|
|Social Media||@IlliniSoccer | Facebook | Instagram|
|Game Notes||Illinois | Purdue | Indiana|
...second in the Big Ten with 33 goals (8th in NCAA)
...led by Jannelle Flaws' 12 goals (T-1st Big Ten, T-3rd NCAA)
...5-0-2 when scoring first & 3-0-1 when leading at half
Illinois Heads to Purdue and Indiana
B1G Road Trip: After splitting its first Big Ten home weekend, Illinois will head east for a pair of conference matches against Purdue on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. CT and Indiana on Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. CT. The Illini, who are tied for fourth in the Big Ten at 1-1-1 after three games, will square off at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday and the Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday.
Series History vs. Purdue: Illinois leads the all-time series over Purdue, 10-5-3. The Illini are 0-4-3 all-time in games played in West Lafayette against the Boilermakers. Last season, the teams finished in a 1-1 tie at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex, while Illinois won the previous two years in Champaign.
Scouting the Boilermakers (RPI: 90): Purdue sits at 6-4-1 overall and 1-2-0 in the Big Ten heading into Friday's match. The Boilermakers opened conference play with losses to Wisconsin (3-1) and Penn State (6-1) before bouncing back with a 1-0 shutout at Ohio State. PU ranks third in the Big Ten with 29 goals scored and last in the conference with 26 goals allowed. Freshman forward Maddy Williams leads the squad with 20 points (seven goals and six assists), which ranks third in the Big Ten. Junior Alex Hairston (six goals) and senior Hadley Stuart (five goals) each rank in the top 11 in the Big Ten.
Series History vs. Indiana: Illinois is 10-3-3 all-time against Indiana and owns a three-game winning streak against the Hoosiers, with victories in each of the past three seasons. Last year in Bloomington, the Illini scored two goals in the final 11 minutes by Amy Feher and Allie Osoba to earn the 2-1 victory. They also picked up wins in Champaign in 2011 (4-1) and 2010 (2-1). Illinois boasts a 4-2-2 all-time record in games in Bloomington and has only lost once (2008) to the Hoosier since 2000.
Scouting the Hoosiers (RPI: 43): Indiana enters the weekend 8-2-1 overall and 1-2-0 in the Big Ten with a game on Friday against Northwestern before welcoming the Illini on Sunday. The Hoosiers won their Big Ten home opener with a 1-0 shutout of Minnesota but dropped their next two games on the road at Ohio State (3-1) and Penn State (4-1). IU is one of four Big Ten teams who has allowed single-digit goals (9) and sits in the middle of the rankings in sixth with 23 goals scored. Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten with 216 shots, only behind Illinois' conference-leading 224. Senior Lisa Nouanesengsy leads the Hoosiers with six goals, while goalkeeper Shannon Flower sits atop the conference leaderboard with seven shutouts.
Last Time Out
Illinois split its first Big Ten weekend at home, topping Iowa, 2-1, on Friday night and falling to Nebraska, 3-2, on Sunday. In a physical match against the Hawkeyes, the Illini captured their first Big Ten win with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Iowa with redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws scoring in the eighth minute and junior Allie Osoba knocking in the game winner in the 53rd minute off the flip throw-in by senior Megan Pawloski. Freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley also made a game-saving stop in the 71st minute on an Iowa penalty kick. Against the Huskers, Illinois mounted a second-half comeback and tied it thanks to two goals by redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws, but Nebraska tallied the game-winning goal in the 61st minute, as the Illini fell 3-2 to the Huskers in front of 1,526 fans at SoccerFest. Flaws scored twice in under a minute and a half, giving her 12 goals on the season, which is tied for the most in the Big Ten.
Where the Illini Rank Statistically
Illinois ranks second the Big Ten with 33 goals, which is eighth-most in the nation in the latest NCAA statistical rankings. The Illini also rank in the top 11 in the country in scoring offense (8th, 3.00 goals per game) and assists (11th, 29). Illinois leads the Big Ten with 224 shots and sits second with 95 points. Illinois' 33 goals has already eclipsed its 2012 total of 31 goals (23 games).
Individually, forward Jannelle Flaws is tied for third in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten with 12 goals. Senior Vanessa DiBernardo is tied for fifth in the conference and 19th in the nation with six assists along with being tied for second on the team with junior Allie Osoba with four goals. Freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley boasts the second-most saves in the Big Ten with 47.
Senior Megan Pawloski is fourth on the Illini with three goals, while sophomores Nicole Breece and Regan Robishaw and freshman Casey Conine each have two goals. Four other Illini, sophomores Megan Green and Anastasia Medellin and freshmen Meegan Johnston and Allison Stucky, each scored their first career goals in 2013, bringing Illinois' total to 11 different goal scorers.
Flaws is on Fire
For the season, redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws is averaging more than a goal per game (1.1) and has found the net in eight of 11 games in 2013. She is tied for third in the country with 12 goals, which equals Penn State's Maya Hayes for the most in the Big Ten. The UI forward also has taken the most shots (53) in the Big Ten and sits second with 25 points. She entered the season with just three career goals after only playing in the 2011 season due to knee injuries sidelining her for the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
Flaws was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Sept. 3. The Glenview, Ill., native scored four goals on 13 shots in Illinois' pair of wins during its first home weekend, which included her first career hat trick on Sept. 1 against Illinois State. She is one of three Big Ten players to score three goals in a game in 2013.
Flaws tallied the final goal on Aug. 30 in Illinois' 6-2 rout of College of Charleston, where UI notched its most goals ever in a home opener. Against ISU, she posted three goals, becoming the first Illini to record a hat trick since Niki Read against Ball State on Aug. 26, 2011.
Holding on to the Lead
Illinois is 5-0-2 when scoring first in 2013 and has not lost a game in which it has held the lead.
Illinois has scored three times as many goals in the second half (24) as it has in the first half (8). Its lone golden goal came off the right foot of freshman Meegan Johnston in the 5-4 overtime victory at Louisville.