Illinois soccer off to a fast start as coach Janet Rayfield wins 200th game


Six games into the season, the Illinois soccer team has had seven different players get on the score sheet.

Jannelle Flaws picked up where she left off last season, netting four goals so far after last year’s unprecedented 23-goal season that saw her top the NCAA scoring charts. Perhaps her productivity in front of goal was to be expected, but this year’s Illini team has scored goals from all sides of the pitch.

On the defensive end, Abby Elinsky and Amy Feher have netted two goals apiece. Emily Osoba, Reagan Robishaw and Allison Stuckey have all scored as midfielders, while Kara Marbury joins Flaws as this season’s two goal-scoring strikers.

Illinois picked up a pair of wins over the weekend, beating Charleston and the University of Alabama Birmingham to improve its record to 5-1. It was a weekend that included a monumental feat for head coach Janet Rayfield. The victory against Charleston was her 200th career victory as a head soccer coach. Rayfield, already the program’s all-time leader in wins, improved her career record to 201-154-32 over the weekend. There were three first-time scorers on the weekend, as Marbury and Robishaw both scored against Charleston on Friday and Osoba adding one of her own against UAB.

Junior midfielder Nicole Breece leads the team with five assists this season and is joined by five other Illini on the assists sheet: Robishaw, Flaws, Marbury, Stuckey and defender Hope D’Addario. With conference play just around the corner, the Illini will need their offense to click on all cylinders.

“I was just happy that we were getting to the end of crosses and taking advantage of our opportunities,” Breece said.

#Illini coach @janetrayfield had a few surprises in her office today!

— Illinois Soccer (@IlliniSoccer) September 8, 2014

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