ISU Soccer Hosts Evansville for Heidecke/Senior Day
Oct. 7, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - Emotions will be at an all-time high Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Street Field when the Illinois State soccer team (7-5-0, 2-1-0 MVC) hosts Evansville (1-8-4, 0-1-0 MVC) for a 1 p.m. matinee. The Redbirds will recognize seven seniors prior to the match and hold a ceremony following the contest to honor former player Julie Heidecke, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1998.
"Sunday will be an important day for us because we will be able to reflect and appreciate the opportunities that we have," head coach Drew Roff said. "It will allow us to reminisce about what it really means to be a player here and what it really represents. We will also recognize seven seniors that have contributed a great deal to our program, have had a lot of success and achieved a lot athletically and academically."
After suffering its first Missouri Valley Conference loss last Sunday, ISU got back on track with a convincing 2-0 shutout of Northern Iowa Tuesday night in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Junior Rachel Bostick scored her third goal of the season the 10th minute on a corner kick service from Anna Stinson. Freshman Rachel Tejada added an insurance goal midway through the second half to bring her season goal total to 13. Redshirt freshman Aryn Newsom secured the shutout by making five saves in goal for her second clean sheet of the year.
"Getting the early goal against Northern Iowa took some pressure off of us and allowed us to settle down a little bit," Roff said. "It is always big when you get a win on the road in conference play, and we are starting to click a little bit more. This Sunday we want to see if we can put it all together."
Evansville will be looking to stop a nine-game winless streak and earn its first conference win Sunday. The Purple Aces' last win came Aug. 28 in a 1-0 win over Valparaiso. Since then, UE has gone 0-6-3, marking the longest winless drought in program history. Evansville fell, 2-1, in its conference opener to Creighton last Friday and is led by Kaitlin Robinett, who has scored three goals and dished out two assists for a team-high eight points. Goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison ranks 13th in the nation for goalie minutes played with 1,250 and leads a UE defense that has struggled this season and allowed 27 goals. Harrison has made 85 saves this season and is the Purple Aces' single-season record holder in that category with the 116 saves she made in 2010.
"Evansville is a team that always seems to play us tough, and they have some dangerous players," Roff said. "They have given up some goals and I am sure they are trying to address that, but we know that Evansville is a quality program with good players and good coaches."
Illinois State and Evansville have met 17 times on the pitch with ISU holding an 8-6-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Redbirds have won the previous two meetings, including a 3-2 win last season at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
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