Rachel Tejada
Rachel Tejada


Troy, Ill.

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Club Team:
Scott Gallagher-Metro


Season Recap: Historic ISU Soccer Season Culminates With NCAA Advancement

ISU tied a program-record with 14 wins, and also became the first MVC team to advance into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


Tejada Earns NSCAA All-Region Accolades

The Redbird junior has earned all-region distinction in each of her three seasons.


Tejada Named Finalist for Soccer News Net College Boot Award

The ISU junior tallied 42 points on 15 goals and 12 assists to be named one of 36 national finalists.


Historic Season Ends With 3-0 Second-Round Loss at Michigan

The Redbirds equaled the program-record with 14 wins, and became the first team in MVC history to advance in the NCAA Tournament.


NCAA Tournament Run Continues at Third-Seeded Michigan, Friday

The Redbirds and 11th-ranked Wolverines will square off at 7 p.m., EST/6 p.m., CST in Ann Arbor


2013 Women's Soccer NCAA Selection Show


Women's Soccer MVC Championship Recap


2012 NCAA Selection Show

2012 NCAA Selection Show


Indiana State vs. Illinois State

Indiana State vs. Illinois State


Illinois vs. Illinois St. - Soccer

Illinois vs. Illinois St. - Soccer


2013 in Review

The Redbird soccer team put together its best season in program-history in 2013.


No. 1 Illinois State vs. No. 2 Indiana State

The Redbirds clinched their third-straight MVC Tournament title with a 5-0 win against Indiana State.


MVC Soccer Awards Banquet

Three ISU soccer players earned individual awards, while nine were named All-Valley, at the annual MVC Awards Banquet.


Illinois State vs. Drake

The Redbirds clinched the MVC regular-season title outright with a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs.


Illinois State vs. Loyola

The Redbird soccer team defeated Loyola, 1-0, Oct. 13.

Career Achievements: Soccer America All-Freshman First Team choice (2011)...three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection (Second Team in 2013 and 2012, First Team in 2011)...Chicagoland Soccer News Women's College Player of the Year (2012)...three-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and All-MVC First Team choice (2013, 2012, 2011)...MVC Tournament MVP (2012)...three-time MVC All-Tournament Team honoree (2013, 2012, 2011)...MVC All-Freshman Team choice (2011)...Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team selection (2013)...MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honoree (2013)...enters 2014 as the NCAA Division I active career leader for points (139) and goals (54)...all-time MVC points leader...all-time ISU assists leader (31)...five goals shy of all-time MVC and ISU record...holds single-season MVC and ISU record for goals (21 in 2011) and ISU single-season marks for points (51 in 2011), assists (12 in 2013), shots (90 in 2013), and shots on goal (47 in 2011).

Junior (2013): Notable...NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team...Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and All-MVC First Team for the third-consecutive season...MVC All-Tournament Team...four-time MVC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Oct. 22, Oct. 29)...Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team...MVC Scholar-Athlete Team...became MVC's all-time points leader, with 139 (54 goals and 31 assists)...became ISU's all-time assists leader...Season...started all 22 games...led the MVC with 42 points and an ISU single-season record 12 assists, also adding 15 goals...led the league with a career-high 90 shots...finished among the national leaders in assists (10th), points (13th) and goals (23rd)...tallied two assists in the season-opening win over Miami (Ohio) (Aug. 23)...followed up a four-game goalless drought to open the season by finding the back of the net in six-straight games from Sept. 6-Sept. 20...scored her first goal of the season at TCU (Sept. 6), also adding an assist...tallied ISU's lone goal at Texas (Sept. 8)...registered her third-career hat trick against SEMO (Sept. 13)...scored one goal apiece in games against No. 22 Marquette (Sept. 15), Saint Louis (Sept. 17) and Milwaukee (Sept. 20), also adding an assist against the Billikens...notched three points, on a goal and an assist, against IPFW (Sept. 27)...scored two goals and added an assist at Northern Iowa (Oct. 17)...tallied one goal apiece against Evansville (Oct. 20), Drake (Oct. 27), Missouri State (Oct. 31) and Evansville (Nov. 8), also recording an assist in three of those matches...equaled a program-record with three assists in the MVC Tournament championship match victory over Indiana State (Nov. 10).

Sophomore (2012): Notable...NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team...Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for the second-straight season...Soccer News Net College Boot Award finalist...Chicagoland Soccer News Women's College Player of the Year...All-MVC First Team...MVC Tournament Most Valuable Player...four-time MVC Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sept. 18 and Oct. 30)...Season...started all 20 games...led conference with 18 goals, 10 assists, 46 points, 80 shots and four game-winning goals...ranked top-seven nationally in goals (seventh), goals per game (sixth with 0.90), points (sixth) and points per game (fifth with 2.3)...moved into second place on the program's all-time lists for points (97), goals (39) and assists (19)...scored goals in the season's first five matches, and seven of the first eight, including two at SEMO (Aug. 17), against Florida Atlantic (Aug. 24) and at Florida Gulf Coast (Aug. 26)...broke career-long three-match goalless streak with game-winner at Creighton (Sept. 29)...tallied her fourth-career six-point performance against Indiana State (Oct. 14), with two goals and two assists...scored two goals and fired a career-high seven shots on goal in 2-1 MVC Tournament semifinal win at Creighton (Nov. 2)...added a goal and two assists in the title match against Indiana State (Nov. 4)...led team with three shots in NCAA Tournament first round loss at No. 12 Marquette (Nov. 9).

Freshman (2011): Notable...Became the first player in program history to earn All-America honors when she was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman First Team...became only the second player in program history to earn NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team honors...compiled the best offensive season in the history of ISU soccer, breaking the Missouri Valley Conference and ISU record for goals in a season (21) and establishing single-season program marks for points (51) and shots on goal (47)...nation's third-leading goal scorer and was fourth in the country in goals per game (1.105), points per game (2.68) and total points...Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year...MVC Freshman of the Year...All-MVC First-Team selection...seven-time MVC Player of the Week (Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1)...became just the second freshman in MVC history to earn Valley Player of the Year honors...led the league in shots, goals, points and game-winning goals...SoccerSavings.com/Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week (Sept. 6)...MVC All-Tournament Team...Season...started all 19 games, scoring goals in 14 matches...recorded two hat tricks at DePaul (Sept. 4) and at Eastern Michigan (Sept. 16) and added a third six-point performance against Evansville in the semifinal of the MVC Tournament (Nov. 4)...recorded her record-setting 21st goal in a 5-0 win over Missouri State in the championship match of the MVC Tournament (Nov. 6)...her nine assists rank second on the ISU single-season list...racked up 23 points on nine goals and five assists in a seven-game span from Oct. 14 to Nov. 6...recorded her first-career goal in the season opener against Southeast Missouri State (Aug. 19) and first-career assist against Bowling Green (Aug. 21)...fired a career-high nine shots, including six on goal against Evansville (Oct. 9).

Triad/Scott Gallagher-Metro: Ranked #17 in the Heartland Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com...four-year starter at Triad under head coach Mike Villa...finished her prep career with 133 goals and 61 assists...earned all-state, all-metro and all-conference accolades as a senior...netted 41 goals and tallied 19 assists as a senior and led Triad to the Illinois Class 2A state title...scored 38 goals and notched 15 assists and was named all-conference, St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro First Team, Belleville News-Democrat First Team All-Area as a junior...tallied 27 goals and 15 assists as a sophomore on her way to earning team MVP, all-conference, all-metro and all-area honors...named offensive MVP at Triad and all-conference after scoring 25 goals and collecting 10 assists as a freshman...member of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Metro club team coached by Mitch Bohnak...led club team to four-straight state cup semi-final appearances...two-sport athlete at Triad and scored over 1,000 career points as a basketball player for the Knights.

Personal: Born July 8, 1993...daughter of Robert and Stacey Tejada...has two brothers, Jared and Eric...her father, Robert, played soccer at the University of Illinois-Springfield and her brother, Jared, is a soccer player at Southern Illinois Edwardsville...biological sciences major.

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