Strong Second Half Leads ISU To Win Over Green Bay
Aug. 24, 2008
NORMAL, Ill. - For the second-consecutive game, the Illinois State women's soccer team needed a pair of second-half goals to beat Green Bay, 2-1, on Sunday, Aug. 24. ISU erased an early Phoenix lead and shut down the Green Bay offense for the final 83 minutes of the game. The win was the Redbirds' first on the road this season and their ninth in the last 10 meetings with Green Bay.
Freshman forward Jess Carlson and sophomore midfielder Ammanda Wisniewski each scored their first goals of the 2008 season for ISU. All five Redbird goals this year have been scored by different players. Wisniewski's goal moved her into a three-way tie for eighth place on the ISU all-time scoring list with 11 goals.
Wisniewski added an assist on Carlson's goal and senior midfielder Mel Routledge assisted on Wisniewski's tally. Junior goalkeeper Katie Grill-Donovan picked up the victory with two saves, both coming in the second half.
"We got off to a slow start again, but we were able to adjust in the second half," said head coach Drew Roff. "I'm not sure what is making us start games like that, but it is something we will work on in training this week. We put more defensive pressure on Green Bay in the second half and that forced them into some mistakes. Jess and Ammanda came up with some huge goals and we were able to come from behind again. Katie had a pair of huge saves in the second half that really made a difference."
Green Bay took the lead nearly seven minutes into the action when Laura Hayward one-time a shot from 10 yards away off a cross from Claire Townsend. Hayward nearly scored again six minutes later when she hit the post with a shot off a corner kick.
After being kept off the scoreboard in the first half, the Redbirds once again struck early in the second half to tie the game. Green Bay turned the ball over and Carlson took a pass from Wisniewski, beat a defender to the inside and scored on a shot to the far post. ISU took the lead in the 71st minute when Wisniewski blasted a shot to the far post from 35 yards away.
Each team recorded 10 shots in the game and Green Bay held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
"I looked through the media guide after the game and realized we didn't have any comeback wins last year," Roff said. "In every win we took the lead first and never had to come from behind. Already this season we have had to eliminate two one-goal deficits. I'm really proud of the players to show such great character and resolve to be able to play hard when they are down."
The Redbirds have a pair of games at Northwestern's Lakeside Field over Labor Day weekend. The Redbirds face Loyola-Chicago Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Northwestern Monday at 2:30 p.m.