Redbirds Welcome Indiana State on Senior and Heidecke Day
Oct. 13, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State (8-4-2, 1-2-0 MVC) soccer team will look to rebound from its second conference loss when it welcomes the Indiana State Sycamores (6-7-1, 1-1-0 MVC) to Adelaide Street Field on Senior and Heidecke Day, Sunday at 1 p.m. The six Redbird seniors will be recognized before the match, while players, coaches and fans will gather after the game to honor former Redbird player Julie Heidecke, who passed away in an automobile accident in 1998.
In her one season with the Redbirds, Heidecke's personality and demeanor inspired teammates and coaches. As a result, former head coach Pete Kowall, the Julie Heidecke Foundation and ISU Athletics established an award in her memory to recognize a Redbird soccer player following Heidecke's path in commitment, spirit, determination, leadership, sportsmanship, academics, morality and concern for others. Now in its 15th year, the award will be presented following Sunday's match in front of the Julie Heidecke Tribute Tree, which is at the entrance of Adelaide Street Field.
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It will also be an emotional day for the team's six seniors, as Rachel Bostick, Sarah Carlson, Kristin Cooley, Mara Kremenovic, Kelly Rosenthal and Heather Sterling will be highlighted before the game. The group has made a combined 301 appearances in a Redbird uniform while winning 42 games, four shy of surpassing last year's class as the winningest in Roff's tenure.
"Freshman year seems like it was yesterday," Sterling said with a laugh. "I think it will be an awesome day for us to get recognized for putting in the time and work for this team the past four years. I'm excited that I get to share it with my teammates and the other seniors."
As for the match, the Redbirds are looking to put their second conference loss of the season, Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Northern Iowa, behind them against the Sycamores. Indiana State comes in winners of their last two matches, scoring three goals in each of them. Additionally, junior Taylor Reed is the reigning MVC Offensive Player of the Week, as the Sycamores will bring in a resurgent offensive attack that Roff's team will have to handle in order to get back on track.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves, and we need to come ready to play right from the kick-off," Roff said. "We still haven't played to our potential for a 90-minute game, and that is the goal right now."
The Redbirds and Sycamores have met 15 times previously, with Illinois State winning 12 of them, including the last four.
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