Senior Vanessa DiBernardo and the Illini will play No. 4 Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Turf Fields.
Nov. 6, 2013
|Game 20: #5 Illinois (10-7-2, 5-5-1 Big Ten) vs. #4 Indiana (13-5-1, 6-5-0 Big Ten)|
|Date||Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013|
|Location||Campus Recreation Turf Fields | Champaign, Ill.|
|Series History||Illinois leads 10-4-3|
|Last Meeting||Indiana won 3-2 in Bloomington (10/6/13)|
|Big Ten Tournament Links|
|Tournament Central||Big Ten Tournament Central|
|Ticket Information||Available on game day
All-Session: $25 | Single Day: $10 (Adults), $5 (Youth)
|Preview Interviews||Coach Rayfield | Jannelle Flaws | Vanessa DiBernardo|
|Social Media||@IlliniSoccer | Facebook | Instagram|
|Game Notes||Illinois | Indiana|
...hosting the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2000
...playing its quarterfinal match at the Campus Recreation Turf Fields
...the No. 5 seed for the second year in a row
...second in the Big Ten with 46 goals (T-17th in NCAA)
...led by Big Ten Forward of the Year Jannelle Flaws' 20 goals (UI Record, T-2nd in NCAA)
...8-1-4 in Big Ten Tournament opening round games
...6-0-1 when leading at halftime & 7-1-2 when scoring first
...10-3-0 when scoring more than 2 goals
Big Ten Tournament Schedule Change
Due to impending inclement weather, schedule changes were made for Wednesday's four quarterfinal games of the Big Ten Tournament. All games on Wednesday were moved to the two Campus Recreation turf soccer fields at the corner of First Street and Stadium Drive on the University of Illinois' campus. Two sessions of simultaneous games will be played at 1:30 p.m. (#3 Penn State vs. #6 Wisconsin and #2 Michigan vs. #7 Iowa) and 4:30 p.m. (#1 Nebraska vs. #8 Minnesota and #4 Indiana vs. #5 Illinois). The remaining tournament schedule on Friday and Sunday will be played as planned at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.
Free parking for spectators and media will be available in the Northwest quadrant of State Farm Center. Metered parking on the streets surrounding the streets will be available but enforced until 4 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased on game day at the ticket mobile at the main entrance located on Stadium Drive. All-Session passes will be available for $25 for the three-day tournament, while Single Day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
Due to the venue change, the four quarterfinal games will no longer be streamed on BTDN. Friday's semifinal matches are still scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., while Sunday's championship match is slated for 1 p.m. The semifinal and championship matches will be aired live on the Big Ten Network and available on BTN2Go. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament will receive the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
UPDATED Big Ten Tournament Schedule - Wednesday, Nov. 6
Games will be played at turf soccer fields located at First Street and Stadium Drive
1:30 p.m. Session
#3 Penn State vs. #6 Wisconsin
#2 Michigan vs. #7 Iowa
4:30 p.m. Session
#1 Nebraska vs. #8 Minnesota
#4 Indiana vs. #5 Illinois
#5 UI vs. #4 IU in B1G Quarterfinal
Big Ten Tournament Opener: No. 5 Illinois will play No. 4 Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Turf Fields, which are located at First Street and Stadium Drive. The Illini are 8-1-4 in Big Ten Tournament opening round games and have advanced to the semifinal in 11 of 13 all-time appearances. Illinois and Indiana have never met in the Big Ten Tournament.
Series History vs. Indiana: Illinois is 10-4-3 all-time against Indiana, but saw its three-game winning streak against the Hoosiers snapped this season. On a rain-soaked Sunday at Armstrong Stadium, Illinois scored four minutes into the game and with four minutes left in the game but dropped a 3-2 decision to Indiana on Oct. 6. Jannelle Flaws put the Illini ahead 1-0 but Indiana scored the next three goals and held on for the victory. Senior Kassidy Brown added her lone goal of the season in a late comeback attempt.
Scouting the Hoosiers (RPI: 32): Indiana enters the Big Ten Tournament with 13 wins overall and six in Big Ten play, both of which are among the best single-season totals in program history. Indiana is 4-10-1 all-time in 11 appearances in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers last win in Big Ten Tournament play was on Nov. 10, 1996, when they defeated Wisconsin in Columbus, Ohio, to win the Big Ten Tournament. Since that game, IU has gone 0-8-1 in the tournament. The tie came on Nov. 6, 1998, when Indiana tied Minnesota, 2-2, and then advanced to the semifinals by winning the PK shootout, 5-4. The Hoosiers are led by midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy, who was named second-team All-Big Ten with a team-high 10 goals.
Big Ten Tournament History
Illinois, which is hosting the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2000, clinched a berth with a 3-1 victory at Minnesota in the season finale last Thursday. The Illini will make their 14th appearance in the event and boast a 15-10-4 all-time record, which ranks as the third-best mark among Big Ten teams. Illinois has reached the Big Ten Tournament final the past two years, winning its second-ever title in 2011 over Penn State. The Illini's first conference championship came in 2003 over Michigan.
Head coach Janet Rayfield, who is in her 12th season at the helm, has never missed the Big Ten Tournament and led the Illini to a berth for the 10th time. The tournament was not held during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The Illini are 11-6-4 all-time in the event under Rayfield.
Last Time Out
Illinois mounted a second-half comeback with three goals in less than 10 minutes and clinched a berth into the Big Ten Tournament with a 3-1 road victory over Minnesota in the regular season finale at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. School-record holder Jannelle Flaws netted the equalizer in the 69th minute, while freshman Casey Conine delivered the game-winning goal in the 76th minute off the assist from sophomore Taylore Peterson. The third and final tally came on an own goal by Minnesota.
Flaws Named Big Ten Forward of Year
University of Illinois forward Jannelle Flaws was named Big Ten Forward of the Year, announced the conference office Tuesday. The Glenview, Ill., native took home the Big Ten's top honor at the position following her record-breaking season and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.
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.
Where the Illini Rank Statistically
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten with 46 goals, which also sits in the Top 20 in the nation in the latest NCAA statistical rankings. The Illini also rank in the top 20 in the country in scoring offense (18th, 2.39 goals per game) and Top 30 in assists (30th, 41). Illinois sits second in the Big Ten with 133 points and tied for fourth with 320 shots. Illinois' 46 goals are the fifth-most in school history.
Illinois has four comeback wins this season. The Illini trailed 3-2 at Louisville before completing the 5-4 victory in overtime. UI battled back from a 1-0 halftime deficit against Indiana State to win 3-2. The Orange and Blue trailed Northwestern 1-0 early one before winning 3-1 thanks to the hat trick by Jannelle Flaws. Illinois needed a second-half comeback to clinch a Big Ten Tournament berth against Minnesota, as they fell behind 1-0 before scoring three goals in eight minutes to notch the 3-1 victory.