Second-Half Outburst Leads ISU to 5-2 Win over Bowling Green
Rachel Tejada

Rachel Tejada

Aug. 21, 2011

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NORMAL, Ill. - After trailing, 2-0, at halftime, Illinois State (1-1-0) exploded for five second-half goals to down visiting Bowling Green (0-2-0), 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Street Field. Freshman Rachel Tejada netted the game-winner and dished out a pair of assists to finish the match with four points.

ISU controlled the tempo and possession early in the contest, but it would be the Falcons that would score first. Ashley Miller finished a pass from Sarah VonderBrink on a counter in the 37th minute to but Bowling Green in front, 1-0.

The Falcons doubled their lead late in the second half on a goal by Kaylee Draper. Draper raced into the left side of the box and beat Redbird goalkeeper Aryn Newsom to give BGSU a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime.

"It was a strange game heading into half, because I thought we played pretty well and got some chances, but we found ourselves down, 2-0," head coach Drew Roff said. "We definitely played harder than we did Friday [against Southeast Missouri State] and it was just a matter of sticking with it and not getting frustrated, and we certainly did that in the second half."

It would be all Illinois State in the second half, as the Redbirds rattled off 19 shots to Bowling Green's two and scored five unanswered goals in final 45 minutes.

Sophomore Kyla Cross opened the flood gates by scoring on a rebound off Tejada's initial shot to halve the Falcon lead in the 51st minute. Cross and Tejada would connect again just over two minutes later, when Tejada made a move to get around BGSU keeper Becca Ison put a pass onto the foot of Cross, who scored into the open net.

Tejada gave Illinois State its first lead in the 63rd minute, scoring on a pass from senior Jessica Carlson. Carlson made a pass between two Falcon defenders, allowing Tejada to make a run into the box and finish from 12 yards out for the eventual game-winner.

"With the kind of pace that we played with and the kind of attacking personalities that we have, I knew it was just a matter of time before we found our rhythm," Roff said. "Once we showed we could stretch Bowling Green out, they had to start chasing and that's when I knew we had the advantage. Today was a nice combination of our veterans holding things down in the middle and our young players getting out and running, and making things happen."

The Redbirds continued to apply pressure and pushed the margin to 4-2 in the 69th minute on a goal by sophomore Anna Stinson. Stinson collected a pass from freshman Keri Kujawa and blasted a shot inside the near post from the top of the box. Freshman Aimee Wronski capped the scoring in the 87th minute, scoring her first collegiate goal off a corner kick service from Stinson.

Junior goalkeeper Mara Kremenovic earned the win in goal for ISU, after making a save and not allowing a goal in the second half. Carlson, Cross and Wronski led the Redbirds with five shots each and combined for nine of ISU's 16 shots on goal.

"We know we are going to play a couple of very good games this weekend, starting with Boston, and that is exactly what we want," Roff continued. "We needed a great half and a great game today to get us moving in the right direction. Our players have all stepped up to playing great teams in the past and we are going to have to do that this weekend."

Illinois State will return to the pitch Friday, Aug. 26, when it takes to the road for the first time this season. The Redbirds will travel to Boston, Mass., for a 6 p.m. matchup with Boston University. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.