The crib of Lindsey Carstens, Kara Gostisha, Ella Masar, Eva Strickland, Mary Therese McDonnell, Emily Zurrer and midfielder Kristy Weeks. The girls are all teammates on the No. 10 llinois soccer team.
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The girls strike a pose in front of the house on Green Street. The decision to live there was a quick one. "We had a game that day, so everybody's parents happened to be in town," says Strickland. "Everybody came and saw it and we really liked it, so when the realtor said another group was interested we were like, `Yeah, we'll take it.' It was kind of an impulse thing."
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Kara holds the team's unofficial mascot, Kowaly, a stuffed animal that once looked like a koala, but several reconstructive surgeries and two decades later, is barely hanging on to its original shape. Kowaly has traveled to Italy, Brazil and even attended spring break at Daytona Beach.
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Mary poses with the only male member of the house, Duke, a miniature Doberman pinscher.
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The girls relax in the bedroom as Duke stares angrily at the strange man in the house.
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With his diamond-studded collar and a strong feminine influence, the girls say Duke has developed a prissy personality."When other guys come over he barks at them," they say. "He's just one of the girls."
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Can you guess which Illinois sports team the girls play for?
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Like any good Illinois students, the girls proudly hang a flag of Chief Illiniwek in their living room.
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What kind of food do seven girls keep in their house? Here's your answer.
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A "friendly" reminder to clean out lint before using the dryer.
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A view of one of the house's bedrooms. According to the girls, it's hard to say how many bedrooms are in the soccer house. While seven players live there, one lives in the attic, one occupies a converted living room on the first floor, and one bedroom can only be reached by passing through two others.
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Pictures, posters and banners line the stairway. The house has two stairways that run side by side, which were originally intended to separate servants from the family who owned the home.
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Whether or not Susan, the "house ghost," spends time in this bedroom remains to be seen, but the girls insist they heard a "gut-wrenching scream" one night that didn't come from any of them.
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A view of the attic, which doubles as a bedroom.
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