Nov. 5, 2013
INFOGRAPHIC: Click here to learn more about Jannelle Flaws' record-setting season.
Flaws is the first Illinois soccer player to be selected as Big Ten Forward of the Year since the conference began honoring the top player at each position in 2011 and became the sixth Illini to garner one of the conference's top individual awards. Vanessa DiBernardo (Midfielder of the Year) and Jenna Carosio (Defender of the Year) were the last Illini to earn the conference's top honor at their position in 2011. Former Illini Ella Masar earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Emily Zurrer was the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Christen Karniski was selected as Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.
Flaws led the Big Ten and ended the regular season tied for second in the nation with a school-record 20 goals, one shy of the NCAA lead. She accounted for 43 percent (20 of 46) of Illinois' goals and broke Emily Brown's 14-year-old record of 18 goals from 1999. The redshirt-junior became just the second Illini ever to lead the conference in goals, joining DiBernardo, who did so with 11 goals in 2010. Flaws also led the Big Ten with 95 shots, found the net in 13 of 19 games, notched four game-winning goals and boasted five multi-goal games, including a pair of hat tricks.
Flaws posted a breakout year in just her second full season on the field. She entered 2013 with just three career goals after only playing in the 2011 season, where she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. She was sidelined for the 2010 and 2012 seasons due to two knee injuries. After playing in only 41 career games, she ranks seventh in school history with 23 career goals.
Illinois is hosting the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2000 and will hold the event from Nov. 6-10 in Champaign. The No. 5 Illini will play No. 4 Indiana in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
2013 Big Ten Individual Honors
Coach of the Year: John Walker, Nebraska
Forward of the Year: Jannelle Flaws, Illinois
Midfielder of the Year: Jordan Jackson, Nebraska
Defender of the Year: Ari Romero, Nebraska
Goalkeeper of the Year: Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota
Freshman of the Year: Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin