Three Records Fall in 8-1 Win over Creighton
Rachel Tejada

Rachel Tejada

Oct. 27, 2011

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NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State soccer team (11-5-0, 5-1-0) closed its regular season in record-setting fashion with an 8-1 victory over visiting Creighton (9-6-2, 4-1-1) Thursday afternoon at Adelaide Street Field. The Redbirds set a single-game record with their eight goals and senior Jessica Carlson and freshman Rachel Tejada each broke individual single-season records.

"We felt like we had some momentum coming in after the Milwaukee game, but you never know how it is going to carry over," head coach Drew Roff said. "We certainly carried that momentum into today and you could sense that the team was excited and ready to play. It was a short turnaround and we came out and picked up right where we left off."

The win secured Illinois State at least the No. 2 seed and an opening-round bye in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Redbirds can win the MVC regular-season crown if Evansville defeats or ties Missouri State in tonight's game in Evansville, Ind. Kickoff for that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.

ISU scored its first five goals in a six-minute span to take a commanding 5-0 lead just over 15 minutes into the contest. Senior Alex Howell recorded her first goal of the season on an assist by junior Kristin Cooley in the 10th minute and to give Illinois State an early lead, and an own goal by Creighton in the 14th minute extended the Redbird margin to 2-0.

Sophomore Kyla Cross found the back of the net just over a minute later on an assist from Tejada and Cooley scored a goal of her own just 41 seconds later after, finishing a corner kick service that deflected off the far post from the foot of sophomore Anna Stinson.

Senior Jessica Carlson capped the scoring spurt with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute for her sixth tally of the season. Carlson became ISU's single-season assist leader later in the half, when she notched her eighth assist of the season on junior Kelly Rosenthal's goal in the 41st minute.

"When you have dynamic players out wide, it really puts the opposing team under pressure," Roff said. "I think we came out strong and instead of letting Creighton get warm, we went right after them. Kyla has been great, Jess has been great and Tejada is always dangerous."

After just 45 minutes, the Redbirds had opened up a 6-0 advantage and outshot Creighton, 16-7. Prior to Thursday's game, the Bluejays had given up no more than two goals in a single match during the 2011 campaign.

Tejada put her name atop the ISU single-season points list by netting her 18th goal of the year in the 49th minute on an assist from Cross. The goal raised Tejada's season point total to 42, surpassing the previous record mark of 41 established by 2011 ISU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Annie Wayland in 2000.

A second own goal by Creighton in the 51st minute gave the Redbirds an 8-0 lead and the record for most goals in a single game. The previous record was established in 2000, when Illinois State defeated Northern Iowa, 7-0.

"I liked the fact that we kept playing good soccer after the big first half," Roff said. "It seemed like our offense just kind of snowballed after we got a couple goals early in the first half. It was one of those strange games, especially with a quality opponent like Creighton."

Creighton's Tessa McKeone ended Illinois State's shutout bid by scoring an unassisted goal in the 88th minute and making the final tally, 8-1.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Aryn Newsom matched a career-high by making eight saves in the win and improved her season record to 9-4-0. Newsom has now recorded five-straight victories between the posts and lowered her goals against average to 1.18.

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