`Birds and Bears Duel to Double Overtime Draw
Oct. 14, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - An Illinois State drive late in the second half knotted the score at 1-1, but the Redbird women's soccer team settled in a double-overtime tie with the Bears of Missouri State Friday evening at the Cooper Sports Complex.
The Redbirds are now 1-1-1 in Valley conference action, 5-5-3 on the year. Missouri State notched their first tie in Valley play, as they are now 3-0-1 in the MVC, 8-2-3 on the year.
Though the first half was evenly matched with both teams taking five shots, Missouri State scored late in the period to go up 1-0 at the half. Bears midfielder Angela Parsons took a free kick from the right side of the goal at the 42-minute mark. The ball bounced around, settling before Missouri State's Allison Osmundson. Osmundson scored on a header from two yards out; this was her fourth goal of the season.
A tough defensive second half limited shots by both squads, but a late second half goal (80:16) by Illinois State sophomore Yvonne Northover tied the score at one apiece. The shot Northover took from 20 yards out slipped through Missouri State goalkeeper Jackie Jasper's hands, finding the back of the net. This was Northover's second goal of the season for the `Birds.
With the game tied at the end of regulation, the teams went into the first overtime period, putting 10 minutes on the clock.
Missouri State took three shots to Illinois State's two in the first overtime. The Bear's corner kick with 1:17 left on the clock resulted in a header by Kate Hercules. Her shot was quickly grabbed by Illinois State keeper Andrea Shaw, as the first overtime period ended.
The second 10-minute period was more of the same, as both teams exchanged possession though neither scored. The match resulted in a tie with Shaw handling the decision for the Redbirds.
The Bears outshot the `Birds in the game, 17-14. Only five of those shots were on goal for Illinois State, as Jasper tallied four saves for Missouri State. The Bears notched 11 shots on goal, while Shaw recorded 10 saves on the night.
Illinois State head coach Pete Kowall had mixed feelings on the Redbird's result.
"Missouri State came out really strong, playing direct and aggressively," said Kowall. "They did exactly what they needed to do on their home field. I'm really proud of our team to come out and get a point on the road against a team who was undefeated in the Valley coming into tonight."
"Unfortunately, we're not finishing the chances we get. But again, we got a result. However, the players weren't satisfied which is good for Redbird soccer. We have three games left and we still have to win games."
Illinois State returns to Normal, Ill., Sunday for the final home game of the seasons. The `Birds will host conference rival Evansville at 1 p.m. at Adelaide Street Field.
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