Illini in need of “natural goal-scorer”


CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — The Illinois Women’s Soccer team is coming off the worst season in program history. 

The Illini finished 2-9 in Big Ten play and were shut out ten times. The team will have some new offensive weapons in its 11 freshmen. Head coach Janet Rayfield said finding a scoring threat will be key to improving the team’s offense. 

“I think of the times we’ve been successful when you have a natural goal-scorer, it’s not just because of them,” Rayfield said. “But because people know they’re a natural goal-scorer, they open up things for everybody else. So, having some natural goal-scorers who feel really comfortable and confident in front of the goal, and know that’s what they do well, I think that will really help us as a team to find the back of the net more often.”

The Illini kick off the 2018 season with an exhibition game at home against Butler. That game is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 10. 

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