Stinson's Hat Trick Leads Redbirds to Exhibition Win Over EMU
Kyla Cross recorded one assist in the victory
Kyla Cross recorded one assist in the victory

Aug 14, 2013

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YPSILANTI, Mich. - Anna Stinson recorded a hat trick, while Hannah Leinert added two goals of her own, as the Illinois State soccer team defeated Eastern Michigan, 5-4, in an exhibition match Wednesday afternoon at Scicluna Field.

Stinson's third goal and the game-winner came in the 69th minute with the match tied, 4-4, when she rifled a shot from outside the box into the upper corner of the net. The tally ended a stretch of six combined goals in a span of 22 minutes, four of which were scored by ISU.

"Normally, this time of year, defenses are a little bit ahead of the attacking side," head coach Drew Roff said. "Evidently, Eastern Michigan and us both have some firepower.

"Both teams are still trying to get the timing down in the back and get the coordination between the backs and the midfielders," Roff elaborated. "I also think fatigue was a big part of the second half, because the game definitely got stretched out. There were big gaps in the middle of the field, and both teams were able to get the ball in behind a little more consistently."

Rachel Tejada chipped in two assists for ISU, with Kyla Cross and freshman Dagny Olson adding one apiece.

The Redbirds opened the scoring in the game's second minute, when Tejada found Leinert for the freshman's first goal of the match. The Eagles responded with two goals from Angela Vultaggio, one on a breakaway and one on a header off a cross, to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.

Just as they did in the first half, the Redbirds struck quickly to begin the second 45 minutes, as Olson found Stinson to even the match at 2-2 in the 47th minute. Six minutes later, Tejada and Leinert hooked up again to give ISU its second lead of the match.



From there, the two squads alternated goals, with Vultaggio recording a hat trick of her own and tying the score at 3-3 less than a minute later. Stinson put the Redbirds back on top briefly in the 60th minute, before Michelle Rollins of EMU equalized again on a header off a corner kick in the 65th minute. Stinson scored the decisive goal less than four minutes later, as both teams were held scoreless before time ran out.

"Anna stepped up in the second half," Roff said. "At halftime, I mentioned that a couple players could pick it up a little bit, and Anna definitely was one of those players. When she's playing well and in the zone, she's a special player."

All 21 of ISU's field players saw action in the match and combined to record 21 shots. Stinson led the way with five, Leinert had four and Tejada registered three. Olson and Cross each fired two shots, while Kara Morway, Alyse Williams, Gabbi McArtor, Kayla Campbell and Keri Kujawa tallied one apiece.

"As a coach it's nice to know that there are two or three more things that we can work on the next couple days that should help our team a great deal," Roff said. "That's exactly what we wanted to get out of this exhibition match, is to find out where we are, what we do well, and what needs to get better."

The Redbirds will play their final exhibition match Sunday at home against Iowa State at 1 p.m. The season officially begins Friday, Aug. 23, against defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio) at Adelaide Street Field. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.