Another Slow Start Sets Tone, as Redbirds Lose to Illinois, 5-1
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Sept. 1, 2013Final Stats
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois' Jannelle Flaws recorded a hat trick, the first of which was the Fighting Illini's second goal in the first 10 minutes, as another slow start led to a 5-1 loss for the Illinois State soccer team, Sunday night at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. The defeat is the third-straight for ISU, all against Big Ten teams.
After tallying just two shots and being shutout at Minnesota Friday, the Redbirds (1-3) did perform better offensively against Illinois, firing 15 shots, their second-most all season, and breaking a four-half goalless drought. Rhianna Krutz got the Redbirds on the board in the 87th minute in a scrum around the net, created when Keri Kujawa headed Anna Stinson's corner kick towards the goal. The goal was the first of Krutz's career, while Stinson and Kujawa each recorded their first point of 2013.
"I can't fault our players' effort," head coach Drew Roff said. "That is the tough thing. When you have talented players that do give good effort, you usually expect a different result, or at least a more competitive match than the scoreboard would indicate. We never quit, and there were times when we did connect well, but we need to give ourselves a chance."
Hampering the Redbirds' chances was giving up a goal in the game's first five minutes for the third-straight match, this time just 16 seconds in. Illinois' Nicole Breece took the ball into the left corner before playing a cross into the box. Allie Osoba rose above the ISU defense to head it into the back of the net, making it 1-0 Illinois.
Flaws made it 2-0 just over nine minutes later with her first goal of the game. Flaws made a run behind the ISU defense and tracked down a pass from Aliina Weykamp, before slipping a shot inside the left post for the 2-0 lead. Flaws struck again as the first half wound down, this time converting a feed from Hope D'Addario to give the Illini a 3-0 halftime advantage.
"We're not giving ourselves a chance to be successful, since we can't sort things out defensively early in the match," Roff said. "I have coached and played a long time, and I have never seen anything quite like it. Our inability to start with the proper discipline and intensity necessary is a little bit mind-boggling at this time. We have addressed, discussed and coached it, but it's like déjà vu. It keeps happening."
Illinois added to the lead 20 minutes into the second half, when Megan Pawloski fired a shot from outside the box that deflected off ISU keeper Aryn Newsom, before ricocheting off the cross bar and over the goal line. Flaws completed the hat trick five minutes later, converting a one-on-one opportunity past Newsom to make it 5-0 Illinois.
Newsom made seven saves in the match, a season-high. Kyla Cross led the Redbirds and equaled her season-high with five shots.
ISU travels to Texas for two matches next weekend. The Redbirds will square off with TCU, Friday, before playing Texas, Sunday.
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