CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — For the first time since 2015 the Illinois soccer team qualified for the postseason.
With their win over Nebraska on Sunday the Illini improved to 6-5 on the Big Ten, good enough for a berth in the Big Ten tournament. Although not official yet because there is still one Big Ten game left to play, Michigan State at Nebraska, that game doesn’t impact Illinois’ standing meaning the Illini will be the #5 seed.
It’s a quick turnaround for Janet Rayfield and her team that more than doubled both their overall and Big Ten win total from 2017.
“This team has really said ‘Just go about and do our business and do the work every day’ and I think it’s been more about them creating a belief in themselves than it is any external and that’s what I really like about this team right now is, they believe in themselves and that belief is really good to be carrying into the postseason right now,” Rayfield said.
Illinois will travel to Wisconsin for the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Sunday. The Illini lost 0-1 at Wisconsin on September 16th.