Women's Soccer
Illinois Hosts Michigan State on BTN

Nicole Breece still leads the team in points with 6 (2 G, 2 A)
Nicole Breece still leads the team in points with 6 (2 G, 2 A)

Oct. 3, 2012

Complete Week 8 Notes

Week 8 Soccer Notes

Game 13: 

Illinois (6-4-2,  3-1-1 B1G) 


Michigan state (8-3-2,  2-2-1 B1G)

October 4 //  7:05 p.m. CT //  Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium // Champaign, Ill.


Live Stats: http://www.fightingillini.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wsoccer.html?event=1117826&school=ill&sport=wsoccer&camefrom=&startschool=&

Television: Big Ten Network

Radio: WDWS 1400 AM - Brian Moline and Tim Ditman


Illini lead the series, 14-3-2. (Last Meeting: Illini 1 - MSU 0 (OT); 11/4/11; Big Ten Tournament Semi-Finals in Evanston, Ill.


... Illini moved to 4-0 in games played under the lights.

... Earned their first come from behind win, scoring two goals in the last 11 minutes of the match to beat Indiana 2-1. 

... Past two contests against Michigan State have gone to overtime which Illinois has won 1-0

... The Orange and Blue are currently leading the conference in shots with 106 through five games of Big Ten play. 

... Illinois is also tied for third in Big Ten competition in earning corner kicks with 25. 

... 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.

..Illini have played well at home, earning a 4-1-0 record this season.

... Vanessa DiBernardo currently holds the conference high of 11 shot attempts in a game (vs Iowa). Broke the home record with the 11 shots.

... Are 3-0-0 when they lead at halftime, and 5-0-2 when they have outshot their opponent.

... Nine of the 12 goals that have been scored this year have been by different Illini.


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.


The Fighting Illini women’s soccer team stunned the Bloomington crowd with a 2-1 come from behind win over Indiana, scoring both goals in the final 11 minutes of the match.

Freshman Amy Feher answered the call for the Illini in the 79th minute. From a dead ball restart, Kassidy Brown struck a deep cross into the box, and Feher won the battle for the header and flicked the ball into the back of the net to tie the game at one. The tally was Feher’s first collegiate goal. Next, Allie Osoba wasted no time when she checked in for the Illini in the 84th minute. Thirty seconds after the substitution, Osoba scored the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner. Allie collected the turnover inside the Hoosiers’ penalty box and released a shot that went to the inside left post. Osoba picked up her first goal of the season and second in her career. 

The Illini defense played well, limiting an Indiana squad who averages 14.3 shots a game to nine shots that evening. In addition, the defense did not surrender a single Hoosiers corner kick.

Illinois had to rally once more in the state of Indiana, coming from behind to earn a one-one tie after 90 minutes of play plus two 10-minute overtime periods with the Purdue Boilermakers.

In the 57th-minute Denenberg recorded her second goal of the season to tie the game at one. The senior released the shot from the left top side of the 18-yard box as the ball sailed to the inside right post. The goal also marked Denenberg’s third of her career.

Illinois statistically dominated the first overtime period. The Illini recorded six shots to Purdue’s zero and earned one corner kick in which the Boilermakers did not. Freshman Amy Feher almost tallied the golden goal in the final 10 seconds of the period but her shot soared just inches over the crossbar.

Illinois outshot the Boilermakers 24-11 and produced nine shots on goal compared to Purdue’s six. Thus, Illinois goalie Steph Panozzo finished the afternoon with five saves, including several athletic diving stops, bringing her season total to 47.


The Fighting Illini will compete in their fifth Big Ten game of the season when they host Michigan State at home on Thursday.  The Illini will face the Spartans at 7:05 p.m. CT on their home turf at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. 

The Spartans currently hold a 8-3-2 overall record and a 2-2-1 conference mark.  Michigan State started off the season with four straight wins over Milwaukee, Bowling Green, Fordham, and Loyola but faltered to Cal State Fullerton 1-0.  They wrapped their non-conference portion of their schedule with a 3-0-1 run before beating Purdue in their first game of Big Ten play. The Spartans proceeded to drop two games against Wisconsin and Minnesota but pulled out a win against Nebraska.  Most recently, on Sept. 30,  Michigan State tied Iowa 0-0 after two overtimes.

The Spartans are led by senior Olivia Stander, junior Annie Steinlage and Freshman Allyson Krause.  Stander currently leads the team in  points, goals and assists with 14, 4 and 6 respectively. She has registered 23 shots on goal so far this season. 

Steinlage was recently honored on Sept. 3rd as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.  In a game against Akron, she helped limit the Zips to just one shot on goal in the afternoon.  Steinlage is tied for second on the team in goals scored with three and assists with five. Freshman Allyson Krause earned All-State and All-Region honors multiple times throughout her prep career. She had a goal in the season opener against Bowling Green and is tied for second in goals scored amongst the team with three. 

Redshirt sophomore Courtney Clem has been tending goal for the Spartans, competing in every game thus far for a total of 1,218 minutes.  She currently has 43 saves and a save percentage of .843.  

The last time the Fighting Illini and Spartans met, Illinois took home the win with a score of 1-0 in overtime in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals.  Illinois outshot Michigan State 15-12 during the contest and earned four corner kicks to the Spartans’ two.  Steph Panozzo finished with seven saves in net. Recent graduate Marissa Mykines tallied the lone strike for the Orange and Blue. Finally, the past two contests between Illinois and Michigan State have reached overtime with the Illini claiming a 1-0 victory in both.


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. In addition, freshman Amy Feher produced a career game in the 2-1 win over Indiana. Feher scored the first goal for Illinois then recorded the assist on the game-winner.


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 moved 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 5-0-2 when they have outshot their opponent. 


In a unique trend this season, the Orange and Blue are currently undefeated at 4-0-0 when playing underneath the lights. This year, the Illini squad has defeated Western Michigan, UC Santa Barbara, Ohio State and Indiana in night games. The win vs the Hoosiers was the first night match to not end in a 1-0 decision. The Illini will look to make it 5-0-0 Thursday night against the Spartans.


The Orange and Blue lead all Big Ten opponents in total number of shots in conference play. The Illini have accomplished an impressive 106 shots over five contests. Illinois produced a season high 28 shots in their 2-1 win over Iowa in the Big Ten opener. Junior Vanessa DiBernardo recorded a new home record in the game with 11 shot attempt, which is the current high amongst all Big Ten players. Finally, the Illini have spread the wealth in goal scoring as nine of the 12 goals this season have come from different players.