Schurr Scores Late, `Birds Settle in Tie
Aug. 18, 2006
NORMAL, Ill. - After much debate over where or even if Friday's Illinois State women's soccer exhibition match would be played, the Redbirds took to Adelaide Street Field for a 4 p.m. match-up against the Panthers of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. ISU junior Carrie Schurr scored what looked to be the winning goal in the 75th minute, but a late UWM put-in with only two minutes to play forced a pair of overtimes. After battling in two ten-minute overtime periods, the Redbirds and the Panthers settled in a 2-2 tie.
The Panthers were the first to strike in an aggressive first period. Taking a cross from senior Elicia Scaife, Milwaukee forward Jodi Klagos scored from five yards out, placing her shot on the right side of the goal past Redbird keeper Andrea Shaw.
Illinois State had several chances to score in the first period, as the `Birds took four first-half shots. Two of those shots were headers-on-goal that were saved by Panther goalie Leslie Deebach. ISU senior Kim Collins took one of those headers off a cross from Mel Routledge. Collins' shot at 37:15 flew just high of the north goal. Routledge, a sophomore, then took a shot of her own, a cross that was ISU's last attempt to score in the first half (42:58). Collins and Routledge each finished with two shots.
Freshman Brenna Bohl found the net just two minutes into the second half for the `Birds, scoring from seven yards out on a Katelyn Prorok corner kick. Bohl's sliding shot dribbled past UWM goalie Ilana Bar-Av at the 47-minute mark to knot the score at one.
Milwaukee continued to attack the Redbird goal as Panther forward Carly Chertos took a shot from 35 yards out that hit off the cross bar. Stacey Faude rebounded the attempt and tapped a shot of her own, but it was smothered by Illinois State's second-half goalie Erica Goethel.
With just 14 minutes to play, ISU's Schurr, who took three total shots, all on goal, made a move past her defender and put a shot into the lower left corner of UWM's goal. Bar-Av dove but missed Schurr's unassisted shot, putting the `Birds up 2-1. This was Schurr's second shot of the pre-season, as the junior scored the game-winner in Wednesday's exhibition game.
Illinois State head coach Pete Kowall is impressed with Schurr's aggressive style and her ability to create opportunities.
"Carrie stays wide, and she's creative," said Kowall. "The good thing about Carrie is that she is one of the players on the team that goes to get the ball if it is in the box. She will put her body on the line for a scoring opportunity. That is the wonderful aspect she gives us on the flank when we serve the ball in."
UWM took a corner kick at the 85:40 mark, setting up play in front of the ISU goal. Chertos' second shot of the night hit off Goethel's hand but was put back for a goal by Faude in the 88th minute, tying the score at 2-2.
Faude almost won the game for the Panthers in the first overtime period. Her shot, taken off a cross from Chertos, snuck past ISU keeper Shaw in the 97th minute but was called off by a late offsides call. Illinois State and Milwaukee continued into the second overtime but neither team could take the lead, resulting in the tie.
The ISU keepers split the duties, each playing 55 minutes. Shaw finished with four saves, while Goethel added five.
Kowall was pleased with his team's effort against UWM, who was picked to finish first in the Horizon league.
"When you score two goals against Milwaukee that really says something about your team," said Kowall. "They are a tough team and very organized in the back. They make it difficult for you to score.
"Our second goal (by Schurr) was very nice," continued Kowall. "But, in the future, we can't give up the goals they scored. We had a chance to win this game. We missed some opportunities in the first half and then again in the overtimes, so we have to finish those. We need to get back to the point where if we score two goals, we win the game."