Women's Soccer
Illinois Travels to Minnesota & Wisconsin for Weekend Slate

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Oct. 11, 2012

Complete Notes

Week 9 Soccer Notes

Game 14:  

Illinois (7-4-2,  4-1-1 B1G)  vs   Minnesota (7-6-1,  2-3-1 B1G)

October 12 //  7:00 p.m. CT //  Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium // Minneapolis, Minn.


Live Stats: Here


 Illini lead the series 9-6-2 (Last Meeting: ILL 1 - MINN 0; 10/14/11; Champaign, Ill.)

 Game 15:  

Illinois (7-4-2,  4-1-1 B1G)  vs   Wisconsin (7-5-1,  1-4-1 B1G)

October 14 //  4:00 p.m. CT //  McClimon Soccer Complex // Madison, Wisc.


Live Stats: Here

Television: Airing live on Big Ten Network


Illini lead the series 10-6-1 (Last Meeting: ILL 1 - WIS 0; 10/16/11; Champaign, Ill.)


... Moved to 5-0 in games played under the lights.

... Earned their second come from behind win, and second in three games, scoring two goals in the last 23 minutes of the match to beat Michigan State 3-2. 

... Vanessa DiBernardo earned her second career hat trick and was awarded Big Ten offensive player of the week.

... Now have won their past 75 games when netting three or more goals, dating back to the 1999 season.

..Illini have played well at home, earning a 5-1-0 record this season.

... DiBernardo currently leads the conference in shots (41) in Big Ten play. Megan Pawloski tied for third in assists (3) with Steph Panozzo in third in saves (28)

... Illini (13 pts) currently sit in third place in B1G standings behind Penn State (18 pts) and Michigan (16). 

... 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.

... Have yet to suffer a defeat this season when outshooting their opponent (6-0-2)

... Nine of the 15 goals that have been scored this year have been by different Illini.

... Are 3-0 when the team produces at least 2 goals.

2012 Fighting Illini Media Coverage

Brian Moline and Tim Ditman of WDWS 1400AM radio will be calling the live play-by-play for the following remaining games: Northwestern (10/18) and the Big Ten Tournament (11/4) if the Illini advance. 

The Big Ten Network will air the Oct. 14 game at Wisconsin live with a new game time of 4 p.m. CT.  

Illinois on the Big Ten Network

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

Illinois on WDWS AM 1400

vs. Northwestern // Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7p.m.


Under the lights on Big Ten Network, the Fighting Illini women’s soccer team produced a 3-2 come from behind win over the visiting Michigan State Spartans. Junior Vanessa DiBernardo earned her second career hat trick, as junior Megan Pawloski tallied the assist on the second goal. The Orange and Blue have now won five straight against the Spartans and 13 straight without suffering a defeat.

Michigan State’s goal in the sixth minute was the first strike against Illinois since 2002, spanning 1,161 minutes and 29 seconds of play. 

The Orange and Blue drew even in the 28th-minute thanks to a successful penalty kick taken by DiBernardo. Illinois rallied again in the 68th-minute after a give-and-go with Pawloski freed up space for DiBernardo, the junior released a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced down and in behind the Spartan goalkeeper. Then in the 84th-minute, from 23 yards out, DiBernardo ripped a free kick that curved to the inside right portion of the near post. The tally was DiBernardo’s fourth goal of the season.

Senior Goalkeeper Steph Panozzo preserved the lead over the final minutes as the clock drew to zero and Illinois earned their second come from behind victory this season and second in three games. Panozzo also highlighted the game by coming off of her line several times with sliding saves preventing Michigan State breakaways, and kept the Spartans at bay over the final 36 minutes with a couple of point-blank reaction saves. Panozzo finished with six total saves on the night.


The Fighting Illini will compete in their second set of Big Ten road games of the season when they take on Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend.  The Gophers will host the Illini on Friday Oct. 12th at 7:00 p.m. C.T. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.  The Illini will then travel to Madison, Wisc. to take on the Badgers on Sunday, Oct. 14th.  The match will take place at the McClimon Soccer Complex and air live on Big Ten Network at 4:00 p.m. CT.

The Gophers currently hold a 7-6-1 overall record and a 2-3-1 conference mark.  Minnesota started off the season with wins against South Dakota St., South Carolina, USC, Bowling Green, and Kentucky while faltering only to Florida State and San Diego.  They continued their non-conference play with a split series of beating Depaul and losing to San Diego State. The Gophers started out Big Ten play with losses to Ohio State and Michigan but redeemed themselves with wins against Michigan State and Wisconsin.  Most recently, Minnesota lost to Penn State in a close 4-3 game and tied Iowa 0-0 after two overtimes. 

Minnesota is led by sophomore Taylor Uhl.  Last year, she was named Big Ten Freshman of the year and was selected second team All-Freshman by Soccer America. This season, Uhl leads all Big Ten players overall in the three major offensive categories of points, goals and assists with 34, 13 and 8 respectively. In addition, Uhl recently accomplished her fourth career hat trick and was named Big Ten offensive player of the week.

Cat Parkhill has started all 14 games in goal for the Gophers, compiling 47 saves and 1.30 goals against average. 

Minnesota has the same amount of first half goals as they do in the second half with 14 each. They are averaging 17.1 shots a game while limiting their opponents to 10.9 shots. Furthermore, the Gophers have enjoyed a 78-39 corner kick advantage. 

Wisconsin holds a 7-5-1 record overall thus far in the season. They started off the year with wins over Notre Dame, South Dakota St., and Loyola Chicago.  The Badgers then faltered to UCLA, before concluding the non conference schedule with wins over Loyola Marymount, Illinois St. and Milwaukee. The Badgers are 1-4-1 in Big Ten play with their sole victory coming from a 1-0 game vs Michigan State. Last weekend, the Badgers lost to Nebraska 3-2 in overtime and defeated Green Bay 2-0. 

The Badgers are currently being led by sophomore Cara Wells and red shirt junior Pagie Adams.  Both Wells and Adams lead the Badgers with five goals each, with Adams in the lead in points with 14 compared to Walls’ 11. Together the duo has combined for 53 shots. 

Lauren Gunderson has played in goal for 11 games, recording 44 saves and a goals against average 1.25. Wisconsin is 7-4-0 when she is in goal.

The last time Minnesota and Illinois met, the Fighting Illini came out with a 1-0 win.  Vanessa DiBernardo had the lone goal of the game while the shots between the two teams were tied.  However, Illinois earned more on-target attempts (7-2) and more corner kicks (5-2).  Illinois had the same outcome the last time they met the Badgers as well coming up with a 1-0 win.  Junior forward Megan Pawloski recorded a goal for the Illini and senior goalkeeper Steph Panozzo recorded five saves for her sixth shutout of the 2011 season.    


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. 

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. 

Top Drawer Soccer (TDS) updated their top-100 upperclassmen list at the beginning of October and DiBernardo still ranks No. 10 in the nation. Also, TDS updated their top-20 players in the Big Ten with Vanessa making the cut on that list as well.

In addition, TDS just released their midseason women’s freshmen top 100. Nicole Breece checked in at the No. 28 spot while Taylore Peterson secured No. 47. 

Finally, as a whole, the Illini have officially cracked the RPI top-25 in in the Oct. 8 rankings. Illinois is slotted at No. 25 spot, their highest spot thus far this season. 


DiBernardo moved up in the Illinois record books after her hat trick performance in the 3-2 win over Michigan State. The Naperville native is now third on the Illinois career scoring list with 31 goals. Tara Hurless (2001-04) holds the top spot with 47 goals. DiBernardo is also now tied for third with Ella Masar (2004-07) in Illinois career points with 74. Hurless once again claims the top spot with 115 points. 


Junior Megan Pawloski currently leads the team with four assists. The Belleville native has recorded assists in three Illini wins this season, including a multi-assist performance against Iowa. Pawloski last added to her total when she worked a give and go and freed space for DiBernardo’s second goal against Michigan 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 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 5-0-0 when playing under the lights. This year, the Illini squad has defeated Western Michigan, UC Santa Barbara, Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan State in night games. Illinois will have a chance to extend the streak this Friday at Minnesota at 7 p.m. CT.


The Orange and Blue lead all Big Ten opponents in total number of shots in conference play. The Illini have accomplished an impressive 128 shots over six contests. The Illini have spread the wealth in goal scoring as nine of the 15 goals this season have come from different players. Finally, the Illini have yet to suffer a defeat this seaosn when they have outshot their opponent (6-0-2)


With two three goal games this season that resulted in Illini victories, the Orange and Blue have now won their past 75 games when netting three or more goals, dating back to the 1999 season.