Early Deficit Too Much to Overcome, as ISU Falls, 4-1
Kyla Cross assisted on ISU's lone goal
Kyla Cross assisted on ISU's lone goal

Aug 25, 2013

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NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State (1-1-0) soccer team surrendered two goals in the first eight minutes of the match, a deficit that would prove too big to overcome in a 4-1 loss to Wisconsin (2-0-0), Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Street Field. Hannah Leinert scored the only ISU goal in front of 590 fans, the second-largest crowd in stadium-history.

Badger junior Cara Walls got the scoring started in the fifth minute of the match, fighting off Alyse Williams for a long ball and slotting a shot past Redbird keeper Laura Burrill, starting in place of the suspended Aryn Newsom, to make it 1-0. Less than three minutes later, Walls headed home a cross from Rose LaVelle to give UW a 2-0 advantage.

"The start of the game really set the tone, unfortunately," head coach Drew Roff said. "I liked how we battled back after that, but when you are chasing the game that early, it changes things. It changed how we wanted to use certain players coming off the bench, and things of that nature."

The Redbirds responded valiantly to the two-goal deficit. In the 16th minute, Kyla Cross took on two Wisconsin defenders while making a run up the right flank. She eventually cut into the penalty area and sent a low cross to the left post, where Leinert was waiting. The freshman finished the feed for her second goal of the season, making the score 2-1 Wisconsin.

ISU controlled the pace the rest of the half, going into intermission with an 8-4 edge in shots, but still trailed 2-1. The Badgers quickly regained control of the match at the outset of the second 45 minutes, when Kinley McNicoll converted a penalty kick in the 51st minute drawn by Alev Kelter on Redbird Rhianna Krutz. Then, in the 61st minute, Nikki Greenhalgh headed home a corner kick from McNicoll to make it 4-1 UW.

"In the second half, Wisconsin raised their game a little bit, and unfortunately, we looked tired," Roff said. "Tip your hat to Wisconsin, they have a very good team. It was one of those days where we had our moments, but top-to-bottom, lost too many battles."

ISU outshot Wisconsin for the match, 11-9, with Leinert's five leading all players. UW keeper Genevieve Richard made six stops for the Badgers, while Burrill tallied four saves in her first-career start.

The Redbirds will take on two more Big Ten foes in their next two matches, this time on the road. ISU travels to Minnesota, Friday, before playing at Illinois, Sunday.

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