Redbird Soccer Hosts Valley Leader Creighton Sunday
Jessica Carlson
Jessica Carlson

Oct. 9, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. -

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The Illinois State women's soccer team will try to make it five wins in the row Sunday as it hosts Missouri Valley Conference co-leader Creighton at 1 p.m. at Adelaide Street Field. Sunday will also mark Heidecke Tribute Day, where the Redbirds will honor fallen teammate Julie Heidecke with a tribute and award ceremony after the game.

The Redbirds are 6-5-1 overall (1-0-0 MVC) and are coming off a 5-1 midweek victory over SIU-Edwardsville Wednesday (Oct. 7), after Redbird sophomore Jessica Carlson eclipsed the Illinois State individual record for most points in a game with seven. Carlson recorded three goals and one assist to also tie the individual program record for most goals in a game. Carlson now has 17 points on the season, leading the Redbirds' offense.

The win also marked the third-straight game that the Redbirds have scored four or more goals.

"I like the fact that we have averaged over four goals a game lately," said head coach Drew Roff. "It is great to see players like Jess Carlson and Alyssa Schulz step up and give us two dangerous goal scoring threats. The attacking mindset we have displayed lately has been fantastic to see. However, the old cliché still rings true, defense wins championships, and it is time for us to start shutting teams down if we plan on making a run at the Valley title."

Creighton is 9-3-1 overall (2-0-0 MVC) and is coming off a 3-0 win over Missouri State Saturday (Oct. 3) which keeps it in a tie atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings with Evansville.

The victory marked the Bluejays' ninth shutout of the season and goalkeeper Alicia Montgomery's seventh of the season. Montgomery has only allowed four total goals this season, while Emily Orbell leads the Bluejays in points with 14.

Illinois State leads the all-time series against Creighton, 9-5-3. The last time the two teams met was on Oct. 4, 2008, when Illinois State shutout Creighton, 1-0. The series includes a four-game winning streak for Illinois State, while eight of the 17 games have been decided by a 1-0 score.

"Whenever we play Creighton, it is usually a well played, hard fought game," said Roff. "We are looking forward to the challenge they present. It seems that our games with Creighton are usually decided in the last few minutes, sometimes even the last few seconds. They have gotten some results so far this season, and we are starting to play some very good soccer. So, it should be an exciting match between two talented teams." After Sunday's game, a ceremony will be held in honor of Julie Heidecke. Heidecke was a Redbird soccer player who died in an automobile accident in 1998. Former Illinois State head coach Pete Kowall, the Julie Heidecke Foundation and Redbird Athletics established an award in her memory that year. Athletes and fans entering Adelaide Street Field pass the Julie Heidecke Tribute Tree, planted in her honor in the fall of 1998.

The Heidecke Award is presented annually to a player who follows Heidecke's path in commitment, spirit, determination, leadership, sportsmanship, academics, morality and concern for others.

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