Tejada, Van Deventer Tally Twice as Redbirds Win 7-0
Aug. 24, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Rachel Tejada and Abby Van Deventer each scored two times, while Kyla Cross, Mackenzie Staton and Allie Newsom each tallied once as the Redbird soccer team defeated Florida Atlantic 7-0, Friday, in Fort Myers, Fla., at the Embassy Suites Classic. The offensive output is the second-highest in program history, behind only last season's 8-1 victory over Creighton.
"We spend a lot of time working on being sharp in the final-third," head coach Drew Roff said. "It seems like once we get one, we click in, and that's the mentality we want to have. We want to get teams on their heels and not take our foot off the gas. I thought we did a pretty nice job of that today."
The first three Redbird (2-0-1) goals all came in an eight-minute span. Cross started the game's scoring in the 7th minute by converting a feed from freshman Lauren Koehl to put the Redbirds up 1-0. Just over five minutes later, in the 12th minute, Tejada scored her fourth goal of the season as Cross picked up the assist. Van Deventer finished the scoring stretch in the 15th minute by converting a pass from Kristin Cooley to give ISU a 3-0 advantage over the Owls (0-2-0).
That score would hold through halftime until Van Deventer continued the barrage in the 47th minute by finishing a pass from Tejada. The two reversed roles in the 53rd minute, as Tejada put a feed from Van Deventer into the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season and the Redbirds' fifth of the game. Staton scored the first goal of her career in the 73rd minute, with freshman Kayla Campbell picking up the assist. Newsom tallied in the 81st minute to round out the scoring at 7-0, as freshman Ali Farkos assisted on the goal for her first collegiate point.
Before the game against the Owls, the Redbirds had only scored three goals through their first two contests, with all of them coming from the feet of Tejada. Additionally, only two players had registered assists. After Friday's victory, however, five players have scored goals and nine Redbirds have recorded at least one point in 2012.
"To be able to have some players step up, score, and contribute more was very important," Roff said. "We don't have too many games like this, so when we do, we want to make sure that everybody is involved and gets a chance to do some things."
Senior keeper Mara Kremenovic saw her first action of the season and recorded the sixth shutout of her career, making four saves in the process. The Redbirds outshot their opponents for the first time this season, firing 11 shots compared to the Owls' eight.
The Redbirds next play tournament-host Florida Gulf Coast, Sunday, at 11 a.m. The Eagles were an NCAA Tournament team last season, winning the Atlantic Sun Conference.
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