Redbirds Stay Perfect in MVC Play with 4-0 Win Over Evansville
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Oct. 20, 2013Final Stats
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State soccer team combined an explosive offensive attack with a stout defensive effort to earn a 4-0 win over Evansville on Senior and Heidecke Day, Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Street Field. The win was the fifth-straight for the Redbirds, while Rachel Tejada became the program's all-time points leader with a goal and an assist.
The Redbirds (10-6-0, 4-0-0 MVC) became the first team all season to score more than one goal against the Purple Aces (9-4-2, 2-2-1 MVC), who entered the match having allowed only eight goals. Hannah Leinert sandwiched two goals around Tejada's tally, while Kyla Cross rounded out the scoring with a goal in the second-straight match.
Coming off his team's 5-0 win at Northern Iowa, Thursday, head coach Drew Roff was pleased to see the offense continue to click, particularly the combination of Leinert and Tejada.
"The last game was the first time we were playing instinctively and on the same page with each other," Roff said. "I was hoping that would continue, and it did today. When you have Leinert and Tejada up top playing quick and off each other, they are a handful."
Leinert scored the game's first goal in the 17th minute. The freshman received a pass from Tejada in the box, took a soft touch to get some space, and fired a shot into the back of the next to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead. Tejada's assist was her seventh of the season, moving her into a tie atop the conference leaderboard with Cross.
Tejada doubled the ISU lead with a goal in the 26th minute, while also claiming the program's all-time points mark on the play. Rhianna Krutz struck a corner kick from the far side that found the head of Abby Van Deventer in the right side of the penalty area. Van Deventer headed the ball to Tejada, who converted the feed for her 12th goal of the season and a 2-0 advantage. Krutz tallied her third assist of the season on the play, while Van Deventer registered her first point of the season.
Already the program's all-time assists leader with 26, Tejada's goal moved her atop the all-time points list with 128 (51 G, 26 A), surpassing Annie Wayland's previous record of 126. Tejada's 51-career goals are eight shy of Wayland's all-time mark of 59.
The lead remained two goals before Leinert struck again in the 60th minute. Receiving the ball about 30 yards out, Leinert moved into the box, before shaking an Evansville defender with a nifty move and striking a left-footed shot that beat the UE keeper for the Redbirds' third goal of the match. She now has nine goals this season, the second-most in the league, and five in Valley games.
Cross scored her fourth goal of the season in the 77nd minute to round out the scoring. Gabbi McArtor played a ball from the left side to Cross who was waiting on the back post. Cross touched it over the goal line to make it 4-0 Illinois State and earn McArtor her fifth assist of the season.
Goalkeeper Aryn Newsom and backs McArtor, Krutz, Van Deventer, Sara Stankoskey and Kara Morway combined for the Redbirds' third-straight shutout, the first time ISU has achieved such a streak since Oct. 14-25, 2009. Newsom made three saves, including a leaping block on a free kick from Stephanie Thompson as the first half wound down to keep ISU's lead at 2-0 moving into halftime.
ISU's three seniors - Cross, Allie Newsom and Anna Stinson - were recognized before the match, before former Redbird Julie Heidecke was remembered in a ceremony in front of the Julie Heidecke Tribute Tree at the entrance of Adelaide Street Field after the win. Heidecke played for the Redbirds in 1997 before passing away in an automobile accident on April 29, 1998. An award was established in her memory, given annually to a Redbird soccer player following Heidecke's path in commitment, spirit, determination, leadership, sportsmanship, academics, morality and concern for others. Allie Newsom was presented with this year's award, now in its 16th year, in front of Julie's parents and family.
"Today was a special day in our program with Heidecke Day and Senior Day," Roff said. "All three of our seniors could have received that award, and actually, Anna has before [in 2012]. For Allie to get recognized by her peers, it's really special. She is very deserving. Kyla has been tremendous. For those three to have the success they have had on the field throughout their career, and also have over a 3.9 GPA combined, we really can't ask for much more from three players."
Illinois State will play its final home match against Drake, Sunday at 1 p.m.
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