Redbirds and Bears Play To A Scoreless Tie
Oct. 26, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - After 110 minutes of soccer between Illinois State and Missouri State, neither team had a tally on the scoreboard and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. For the Redbirds (7-4-3, 3-0-2 MVC), it was their second-consecutive draw, after tying Evansville 1-1 last weekend, and their first scoreless draw of the season. ISU and Evansville are tied for first place in the Valley with 11 points apiece. Both ISU and Missouri State (6-9-2, 2-1-2 MVC) are still in the hunt for the top two spots in the conference.
Sophomore Katie Grill-Donovan made six saves in goal to record her fifth shutout of the season, moving her into sole possession on fourth place on the Illinois State single-season list. Sophomore Raquel Rattray led the Redbirds with three shots and seniors Shannon Duggan, Yvonne Northover and Carrie Schurr each had a pair of shots.
Both the Redbirds and Bears registered 11 shots and 12 fouls in the game. The Redbirds had an advantage in saves, 6-5, and corner kicks, 5-4, while the Bears held an edge in shots on goal, 6-5.
The Redbirds supplied plenty of pressure in the Missouri State end of the field in the early going. Three minutes into the action, sophomore Shannon Eccleston lobbed the ball into the left side and Northover had an open shot from eight yards out on the left post, but Missouri State goalkeeper Jackie Jasper made the save. In the 12th minute, Northover brought the ball up the right side and played it in front of senior Bethany Russ, who was in behind the Missouri State defense, but Jasper came sliding out to stop the ball.
Northover continued to spark the Redbird offense in the 15th minute when she took a corner kick from the left side and played it over the box to the far post where Schurr took a shot that went just over the crossbar. Schurr had another chance three minutes later when she took a sort pass from Russ in nearly the same spot, but her shot was right at Jasper. Northover came back in the 21st minute with a hard blast from the right side, but Jasper was there yet again to make a diving save.
After a goal kick, Missouri State had its first offensive threat. The Bears played the ball over the top of the Redbird defense and before Grill-Donovan could come out to play it. Caroline Sweeney hit a low line drive shot past her that hit the post. The ball bounced back into play to the feet of Lauren Heck who got off another shot that Grill-Donovan stopped. There was a brief scrum in front of the net, but the Redbirds were able to clear it out.
In the second half, the play was up and down the field, but neither team threatened to break the scoreless tie until the 57th minute when Missouri State went on the attack. The Bears brought the ball down the right side and Nicole Logan took a shot from just outside the penalty box that went into the side of the net. On the ensuing Redbird possession, Duggan had a clear shot on the left side that sailed high over the crossbar. Rattray had a long shot from 30 yards out that Jasper just got a hand on to deflect over the goal.
In the first overtime, Duggan took control of a loose ball on the left side and had a shot to the far post that bounced just wide. Duggan later crossed the ball from the left side to junior Mel Routledge, who one-timed a shot wide. Missouri State's first scoring chance came in the 96th minute when Lauren Galati had a header from the middle of the box over the net. The Bears regained possession quickly and put the ball on goal again, but Grill-Donovan knocked it away.
Jenna Laughlin had a breakway down the middle of the field for the Bears at the beginning of the second overtime, but she couldn't capitalize as her shot went wide left.
Illinois State closes out the conference and home schedule against Drake on Sunday, Oct. 28, at noon.