What you need to know about Illinois men’s soccer

AUSTIN, Texas — Illinois men�s soccer team has lost two-straight games, a steep fall for the team that leads the nation in scoring with 28 goals.

The Bears lost 5-1 at Northwestern on Sunday.

Illinois is 5-3-1 since the All-American team returned after a three-week absence and 5-2-1 on the road this season.

The Illini (4-4-1, 2-3 Big Ten) also lost at Minnesota on Friday and at Minnesota State on Saturday.

Illinois has won six of seven overall and three of four in Big Ten play.

Bryce O�Donnell scored a goal and had an assist for the Illini.

O�Donnell�s goal was his first for Illinois since Nov. 3, and his 11th of the season.

It was the second assist of his career, but the most since he scored four goals in the second half of last season.

O�nell has one goal in four career games against the Bears, including three assists.

Ricky Sorensen had two assists for the Bears.

He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last three games. “We didn�t make the most of opportunities we had,” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said.

“I thought our best opportunity was just getting on the end of shots and finishing plays, and that was the plan.

We made the most out of the opportunity. We weren�t able to score a goal.”

The Illinis have scored a combined six goals in their last five games.

They are 0-7-0 in conference play.

Illinois leads the Big Ten at 4-0-2 this season, while Minnesota is 2-1-1.