Oct. 10, 2013
| Game 14: Illinois (6-5-2, 1-3-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 20 Wisconsin (8-2-2, 3-1-1 Big Ten)
||Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
||Illinois Soccer Stadium | Champaign, Ill.
| Live Stats
||BTDN on Fighting Illini All-Access
| Series History
||Illinois leads 10-7-1
| Last Meeting
||Wisconsin won 2-1 in 2OT (10/14/12) in Madison
...second in the Big Ten with 35 goals (10th in NCAA)
...led by Jannelle Flaws' 13 goals (T-1st Big Ten, T-3rd NCAA)
Illini Welcome Wisconsin Saturday
Saturday Night Preview: Illinois will look to snap its three-game losing streak when it plays No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. The Illini will face an opponent ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 for the second time this season (opened season at No. 10 Notre Dame) when the Badgers come to town. It also begins a stretch of three ranked opponents in the next four games for the Illini: No. 20 Wisconsin (Oct. 12), No. 11 Penn State (Oct. 20) and No. 19 Michigan (Oct. 25).
Series History vs. Wisconsin: Illinois leads the all-time series over Wisconsin, 10-7-1. The Illini are 5-2-0 all-time in games played in Champaign against the Badgers. Last season, the Orange and Blue fell 2-1 in double overtime in Madison, Wis.
Scouting the Badgers (RPI: 34): Wisconsin sits at No. 20 in the NSCAA Top 25 poll with an overall record of 8-2-2. The Badgers are tied for third in the Big Ten at 3-1-1, with their only conference loss coming against Penn State last week. UW boasts four shutouts, including three during Big Ten play, and has outscored its opponents 28-13 this season. Junior Cara Wells leads the squad with seven goals followed by sophomore Kinley McNicoll with six goals, which is tied for fourth and eighth in the conference, respectively.
100 Kids vs. Illinois Soccer: Following Saturday night's 6 p.m. game against Wisconsin, kids eighth grade and under will have a unique opportunity to play a post-game match against the University of Illinois women's soccer team. The first 100 kids who turn in a completed registration form to the Marketing Table before the game will receive a free t-shirt to wear during the game. Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission and parking are both free. After the first 100 entries are accepted, kids who sign up will be able to participate in the event when substitutions are made. The event will allow all kids a chance to play on the field at the Illinois Soccer Stadium after watching the Big Ten showdown between the Illini and Badgers. Every kid who plays will receive a free Illinois soccer poster.
Parking Information: Due to Saturday street closures from First Street to Fourth Street on Kirby Avenue, fans coming to the Illinois Soccer Stadium from the west will be required to follow a different route. Fans can take St. Mary's Road east to Lincoln Avenue, where they can turn left and head north until the intersection with Florida Avenue. They can turn left on Florida Avenue and head west until they reach the entrance of Lot 42 for free soccer game day parking.
Last Time Out
Illinois dropped a pair of Big Ten matches on the road last week, falling 1-0 at Purdue on Friday night and 3-2 at Indiana on Sunday afternoon. The Illini were shut out for the first time this season in a defensive battle that saw the Boilermakers outshoot the Orange and Blue by one, 14-13. On a rain-soaked Sunday at Armstrong Stadium, Illinois scored four minutes into the game and with four minutes left in the game but came up short at Indiana. Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws tallied her 13th goal, which is tied for the most in the Big Ten, while senior Kassidy Brown added her first goal of the season in a late comeback attempt. The Illini were without senior All-American Vanessa DiBernardo for both games last weekend due to a knee sprain.
Where the Illini Rank Statistically
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten with 35 goals, which also sits in the Top 10 in the nation in the latest NCAA statistical rankings. The Illini also rank in the top 15 in the country in scoring offense (12th, 2.69 goals per game) and assists (14th, 31). Illinois sits second in the Big Ten with 101 points and third with 244 shots. Illinois' 35 goals through 13 games has already eclipsed its 2012 total of 31 goals (23 games).
Flaws Keeps on Scoring
For the season, redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws is averaging a goal per game and has found the net in nine of 13 games in 2013. She is tied for third in the country with 13 goals, which equals Penn State's Maya Hayes for the most in the Big Ten. The UI forward also has taken the most shots (62) in the Big Ten and sits second with 27 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 along with Ohio State's Nichelle Prince and Indiana's Lisa Nouanesengsy. 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.
Big Ten Saves Leader
Freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley is tied for first in the Big Ten with 56 saves. The Plano, Texas, native has twice collected a career-high nine saves at the season opener at Notre Dame and Big Ten opener at Ohio State. Her 4.31 save average per game ranks fifth in the conference.
Goals Coming from All Over
Illinois has had 12 different players score a goal during the 2013 season. Forward Jannelle Flaws is tied for third in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten with 13 goals, while senior Vanessa DiBernardo is tied for second on the team with junior Allie Osoba with four goals. 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, while senior Kassidy Brown turned in her first goal of the year and second career at Indiana.
Illinois Hosting Big Ten Tournament
Illinois will host the 2013 Big Ten Tournament at the Illinois Soccer Stadium from Nov. 6-10, marking the second time the event will be held in Champaign. The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the event, with the quarterfinals set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, the semifinal matches on Saturday, Nov. 8 and the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 10.