Redbirds Open MVC Play with 2-0 Win Over Drake
Sept. 25, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State soccer team (6-4-0, 1-0-0 MVC) opened Missouri Valley Conference play with a 2-0 win over visiting Drake (2-5-4, 0-1-0 MVC) Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Street Field. Junior Rachel Bostick provided the game-winner in the 26th minute, on one of a season-high 32 shots for the Redbirds.
"It was nice to get the early goal off a corner kick and we were able to create a lot of chances," head coach Drew Roff said. "I thought at the beginning of the second half we could go out and maybe get another goal and wear Drake down a little bit, but to their credit, they didn't make it easy."
ISU dominated possession and kept the Bulldogs in their own defensive zone for much of the contest, but could not pull away, until freshman Mia Patrevito connected on a shot from 19 yards out in the 87th minute for her first-career goal.
Illinois State took a 1-0 lead when Bostick headed in a corner kick service from sophomore Anna Stinson for her second goal of the season. Stinson's low, hard cross to the middle of the box got through the arms of DU goalkeeper Kalena Litch and allowed Bostick to finish from close range.
The Redbirds outshot the Bulldogs, 14-3, in the opening stanza, but managed to put only three shots on goal. ISU keeper Mara Kremenovic saw all three Drake shots reach frame and recorded all three of her saves in the first 45 minutes.
Illinois State continued to apply pressure to the Bulldog defense in the second and fired off 18 more shots. However, Drake was equal to the task and nearly found the equalizer on a counter in the 79th minute, when Gina Zurbey collected a long pass and was able to break through the Redbird defense and create a one-on-one opportunity with Kremenovic. Zurbey's shot got past Kremenovic, but caromed off the back post and out of bounds.
"There were some scary moments for us there in the second half," Roff said. "I thought there center backs and their goalkeeper played very well. They did what they had to do and stuck to their game plan, but fortunately Mia came in and hit that long-range shot we had been looking for."
The Redbirds created several opportunities from close range in the second half and forced Litch to make seven second-half saves, before Patrevito finally found the back of the net for an insurance goal. Bostick, sophomore Kyla Cross and freshmen Rachel Tejada and Aimee Wronski all saw strong scoring chances turned away by Litch.
Cross led ISU with seven shots, Wronski fired six and Bostick and senior Jessica Carlson each got off five. Kremenovic made three saves to earn her first clean sheet of the season and improved her record to 2-1.
The Redbirds will continue conference play Friday night, when they travel to Springfield, Mo., to take on Missouri State. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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