Games at Purdue, Indiana Up Next for Illinois
Oct. 2, 2013
Illinois Heads to Purdue and Indiana
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
Where the Illini Rank Statistically
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
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