Women's Soccer
Illini to Face #10 Michigan, MSU for Final Home Weekend

Senior Megan Pawloski and the Illini will host their final regular season home games this weekend with No. 10 Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Senior Megan Pawloski and the Illini will host their final regular season home games this weekend with No. 10 Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Oct. 22, 2013

 Game 17: Illinois (8-6-2, 3-4-1 Big Ten) vs. #10 Michigan (12-2-1, 6-1-1 Big Ten)
 Date Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
 Time 7 p.m.
 Location Illinois Soccer Stadium | Champaign, Ill.
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Radio WDWS AM 1400 or Listen Online
 Series History Michigan leads 8-11-1
 Last Meeting Illinois won 3-2 (OT) (10/27/12) in Ann Arbor

 Game 18: Illinois (8-6-2, 3-4-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan St. (8-6-2, 2-6-0 Big Ten)
 Date Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
 Time 1 p.m. CT
 Location Illinois Soccer Stadium | Champaign, Ill.
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Series History Illinois leads 15-3-2
 Last Meeting Illinois won 3-2 (10/4/12) in Champaign

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 Game Notes Illinois | Michigan | Michigan State

Illinois is...
...second in the Big Ten with 41 goals (T-11th in NCAA)
...led by Jannelle Flaws' 18 goals (T-1st NCAA, Tied UI Record)
...5-0-1 when leading at halftime and 6-1 at home
...6-1-2 when scoring first & 8-3-0 when scoring more than 2 goals

Illini Host Final Home Weekend
Coming Up Next: Illinois will play its final regular season home games at the Illinois Soccer Stadium this weekend. The Illini will welcome No. 10 Michigan on Friday night (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. followed by Michigan State on Sunday (Oct. 27) at 1 p.m. The Orange and Blue are tied for seventh with Iowa in the conference standings at 3-4-1 (10 points) with three regular season matches remaining. The top eight teams will qualify for the Big Ten Tournament, which will be hosted by Illinois in Champaign from Nov. 6-10.

Series History vs. Michigan: Illinois is 8-11-1 all-time against Michigan, but the Illini have won the last two meetings between the two squads. UI knocked off the No. 24 Wolverines 3-2 in overtime last season in Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Orange and Blue also captured a 3-2 victory in 2011 when the teams squared off in Champaign. Illinois boasts a 4-3-1 record in games at home against Michigan.

Scouting the Wolverines (RPI: 7): Michigan, which has allowed the fewest goals in the Big Ten (9), is riding a five-game winning streak and moved up to No. 10 in this week's NSCAA Top 25 rankings, the highest of any Big Ten team. The Wolverines sit in second place in the conference with a record of 6-1-1, with their only loss coming to Minnesota. They started the year by winning their first six games and are 12-2-1 overall. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Nkem Ezurike leads UM with 10 goals this season and is the program's leading scorer with 45 career goals.

Cancer Awareness Night Friday: Before Friday night's game, each team will release colored balloons that represent the cancer that has affected each of them prior to the game. Fans also will be given different colored glow sticks that represent the cancer that has affected each of them.

Series History vs. Michigan State: Illinois is 15-3-2 all-time against Michigan State and has not lost to the Spartans since 2002, which includes a 13-game unbeaten streak (ties occurred in 2005 and 2008). The Illini edged MSU, 3-2, last season in Champaign and are 8-1-1 all-time in matches at home against Michigan State.

Scouting the Spartans (RPI: 67): Michigan State is in 11th in the Big Ten standings with a conference record of 2-6-0. The Spartans shut out Minnesota (3-0) and Purdue (4-0) for their only conference wins this season. MSU started the season unbeaten with a 6-0-2 non-conference mark and sits at 8-6-2 overall. Mary Fiebernitz leads the team with six goals, which is tied for 10th in the Big Ten.

Senior Day Sunday: Seven Illini seniors, Kassidy Brown, Vanessa DiBernardo, Christina Farrell, Kristen Gierman, Allie Osoba, Lauren Parkin and Megan Pawloski, will be recognized before Sunday's game. This senior class has reached the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons and helped the Illini win the program's second-ever Big Ten Tournament title in 2011. Heading into this weekend, they are responsible for 48 victories over the past three years, which included setting the school record for wins in 2011 with 17.

Last Time Out
Illinois split its pair of road matches last week, topping Northwestern, 3-1, but falling 5-0 at No. 17 Penn State. Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws equaled UI's single-season goals scored record with a hat trick against the Wildcats. She matched Emily Brown's mark of 18 goals from 1999 and ended last week as the NCAA leader. Flaws' second career hat trick helped the Illini get back to .500 in the Big Ten before they dropped a game below last Sunday against the Nittany Lions.

Flaws Equals UI Season Goal Record
Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws is tied with Cal Poly's Elise Krieghoff for the NCAA lead and has equaled the Illinois single-season record with 18 goals this season. Following her hat trick at Northwestern, Flaws matched Emily Brown's school-record mark of 18 goals and two hat tricks in a season from 1999. For the season, the redshirt-junior is averaging over goal per game (1.12), has found the net in 11 of 16 games and boasts five multi-goal games in 2013. Flaws has netted 10 goals during Big Ten play, which broke Vanessa DiBernardo's school record of eight goals in 2012. 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 Rakes in the Awards
University of Illinois forward Jannelle Flaws earned a trio of weekly awards following her two-goal performance against No. 20 Wisconsin on Oct. 12. The Glenview, Ill., native was honored as a CollegeSoccer360.com (CS360) Primetime Performer, named to the Top Drawer Soccer (TDS) Team of the Week and picked as the College Sports Madness (CSM) Big Ten Player of the Week. Flaws scored the final two goals, including the game winner, in Illinois' 3-2 victory over the Badgers on Saturday.

Where the Illini Rank Statistically
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten with 41 goals, which also sits in the Top 11 in the nation in the latest NCAA statistical rankings. The Illini also rank in the top 15 in the country in scoring offense (9th, 2.56 goals per game) and assists (12th, 38). Illinois sits second in the Big Ten with 120 points and fourth with 271 shots. Illinois' 41 goals through 16 games has already eclipsed its 2012 total of 31 goals (23 games).

Freshman in Goal
Freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley ranks second in the Big Ten with 79 saves. The Plano, Texas, native has collected a career-high nine saves three times: at the season opener at Notre Dame, at the Big Ten opener at Ohio State and against Wisconsin. Her 4.94 save average per game ranks second in the conference.

Goals Coming from All Over
Illinois has had 13 different players score a goal during the 2013 season. Forward Jannelle Flaws is tied for first in the NCAA with 18 goals, while senior Vanessa DiBernardo, who has missed the last six games due to a knee sprain, 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. Senior Kassidy Brown turned in her first goal of the year and second career at Indiana, while sophomore Taylore Peterson connected on a penalty kick against Wisconsin for her first goal of the year and third career.

Second-Half Scoring
Illinois has scored over twice as many goals in the second half (27) as it has in the first half (13). Its lone golden goal came off the right foot of freshman Meegan Johnston in the 5-4 overtime victory at Louisville.