Redbirds Blanked By Minnesota, 4-0
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Aug. 30, 2013Final Stats
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - For the first time in nearly two years, the Illinois State soccer team (1-2-0) was shutout in a regular-season match, as the Redbirds fell at Minnesota (3-0-0), 4-0, Friday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
ISU was outshot in the match, 15-2, with both shots being recorded by Rachel Tejada. Despite being shutout twice in the NCAA Tournament, once in 2011 and once in 2012, ISU had not been blanked in a regular-season match since Sept. 30, 2011 at Missouri State.
Minnesota started the scoring in the fourth minute, when Taylor Stainbrook played a ball into the box that was headed by Katie Thyken past ISU keeper Aryn Newsom. The tally was Thyken's second of the season, and gave the Gophers a 1-0 edge.
Play was even for the next 20 minutes, before Minnesota struck again to build a two-goal lead. Thyken made a run up the left wing and was able to play a ball into the box before reaching the end line. Newsom dove in an attempt intercept the cross, but missed. Stainbrook had a brief touch before Olivia Schultz was able to tap the loose ball into the net, making it 2-0 Minnesota.
After ISU got the first couple of opportunities of the second half, Thyken scored her second goal of the match in the 47th minute to extend the Minnesota lead. Jen Larrick took a corner kick that was headed to the ground by Lauren Bauer. Thyken collected the ball and snuck it by Newsom inside the right post to give the Gophers a three-goal advantage.
The score remained 3-0 until the Gophers tacked on with a goal in the 85th minute. Haley Helverson sent in a low cross from the right side that deflected off Ashley Pafko, before Taylor Wodnik finished it for her first goal of the season.
The Redbirds will complete a stretch of three-straight matches against Big Ten teams at Illinois on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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