ISU Soccer Awaits NCAA Tournament Opponent
Nov. 7, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State soccer team (13-5-0) will find out who its first-round opponent will be in the NCAA Tournament during the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer selection show at 3:30 p.m. CST Monday afternoon. The Redbirds will gather in the Legends Room of Redbird Arena for the unveiling of the field in an event that is open to the media.
The NCAA Tournament appearance will be the third in program history for ISU (2003, 2009) and the second under current head coach Drew Roff. Illinois State is currently on a seven-match winning streak and punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a convincing, 5-0, win over Missouri State in the championship match of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Freshman Rachel Tejada, who was named the Valley's Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year, established a new Illinois State and MVC single-season goals record by scoring her 21st of the season in Sunday's championship match against the Bears. Her 51 points is also an ISU single-season record, as she is the first player in program history to eclipse the 50-point plateau.
Sophomore Kyla Cross ranks second on the team with eight goals and earned MVC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors after scoring four goals in Illinois State's two Valley Tournament contests. Senior Jessica Carlson leads the team with an ISU single-season record 10 assists, and is second on the squad with 24 points.
This season, the Redbirds have established new single-season records in every nearly offensive category with 56 goals, 46 assists and 158 points. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Illinois State is averaging 3.11 goals per game, currently a single-season record, and has outscored its opponents, 31-4, during its current seven-match winning streak.
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