ISU Defeats Saint Louis, 4-1, for Third-Straight Win
NORMAL, Ill. - Playing its third game in five days, the Illinois State soccer team erased a 1-0 deficit to defeat Saint Louis, 4-1, Tuesday evening at Adelaide Street Field. Dagny Olson scored twice, while Rachel Tejada and Hannah Leinert tallied once apiece in ISU's third-straight victory.
For the first time in their last five matches, the Redbirds (5-4-0) conceded the game's first goal, as SLU's (1-6-0) Jessie Jarrett scored an unassisted tally in the 15th minute to give the Billikens a 1-0 lead. ISU bounced back to control play the remainder of the match, however, beginning with Tejada's league-leading seventh goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 24th minute to make it 1-1.
"Unfortunately, I think it took their goal to get us locked in a little bit," head coach Drew Roff said. "When they scored, I think it woke us up, and we started to raise our game. The penalty kick was big. Once we put that away, I think we got settled down. Once we were all evened up, we picked up our game."
Olson scored twice in less than five minutes to swing the match in ISU's favor. In the 28th minute, Tejada played in a cross from the right side that was deflected by SLU keeper Hanna Benben, before Olson collected the loose ball and slotted it into the open net for her second goal of the season. The assist was Tejada's fourth of the season and 23rd of her career, moving her into sole-possession of the program's all-time record.
Olson struck again at the 32-minute mark on a play that was set up by Gabbi McArtor. McArtor skillfully kept the ball from going out of bounds over the left sideline before sprinting up the left flank. She then cut towards the box and sidestepped a defender before playing a ball to the back post. Olson was waiting to head it into the open net and give ISU a 3-1 advantage.
After a mostly uneventful first 30 minutes of the second half, ISU tacked on with its fourth goal. Keri Kujawa played a ball from midfield over the top to Leinert, who brought the ball to her feet in stride to separate from the defense and set up a one-on-one opportunity with Benben. The Billiken keeper got a piece of Leinert's shot, but it still trickled over the goal line for the freshman's fourth goal of the season and ISU's fourth of the match.
The Redbirds matched a season-high with 19 shots, 15 of which came in the first half, compared to SLU's eight. Leinert, Tejada and Olson led the way with four shots apiece.
Illinois State will look to conclude a perfect homestand against 13-time defending Horizon League-champion Milwaukee, Friday at 4 p.m.
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