Redbirds to Take On Sycamores for MVC Title, Sunday
Nov. 9, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The top-seeded Illinois State soccer team (13-6-0, 6-0-0 MVC) will vie for its third-straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title in the championship match against No. 2 seed Indiana State (10-8-0, 4-2-0 MVC), Sunday at 1 p.m., at McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
The Redbirds advanced to the championship match with a 3-1 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Evansville, Friday night. Illinois State trailed at halftime, 1-0, but scored three goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half to secure its fifth-straight tournament victory. Hannah Leinert scored twice for the Redbirds, while Rachel Tejada tallied once.
Sunday’s tilt will be a rematch of last year’s championship game, when the Redbirds defeated the Sycamores, 5-1, in Omaha, Neb. The Redbirds lead the all-time series against the Sycamores, 15-3-0, and have won seven-straight. This year’s regular-season match was toughly contested, as the Redbirds earned a 2-1 road victory, Oct. 4. Head coach Drew Roff believes the intensity of that game will be repeated on Sunday.
“Indiana State played us real tough,” Roff said of this season’s between the Redbirds and Sycamores. “Their place is a tough place to play, and it was a close game. I don’t think we played a great game that day, but they finished second in the league, and it’s the two top teams that are playing. We know we have our work cut out for us, and that it is going to be a heck of a battle. We need to put together two good halves if we are going to win this thing.”
The match will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports, ESPN3 (outside of the Valley footprint), DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748). The telecast will also be shown on tape-delay at 4:30 p.m., CT on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. It will also broadcast on the WJBC/Country Financial Illinois State Radio Network and on WZND 103.3 FM.
Scouting the SycamoresWinners of six-straight matches, including Friday’s 4-0 semifinal victory over sixth-seeded Drake, the Sycamores enter Sunday’s title match as the hottest team in the MVC outside of the Redbirds. INS has not lost since its 2-1 defeat at the hands of Illinois State back on Oct. 4.
The Sycamores have combined an explosive offense (2.33 goals per game) with a stingy defense (0.33 goals-against
The combination of freshman Abby Reed (22 points, 10 goals, two assists) and sophomore Kate Johnson (21 points, eight goals, five assists), both All-MVC First Team selections, has paced the Sycamores offensively. Sophomore Sydney Lovelace is tied with Johnson for the team-lead with five
All-MVC First Team selection Shelby Troyer anchors the back line, while Alexandra Rodas has also played in all 18 games. After rotating in and out of the lineup earlier this season, MVC All-Freshman Team choice Brittany San Roman has established herself as the Sycamores’ starting goalkeeper. San Roman did not play in the previous meeting between these two squads.
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