Illinois State abandons MVC’s opener in Valparaiso, 1-0, after 83rd-minute goal


VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Illinois state women’s football team was shut out 1-0 in their opening game of the Missouri Valley Conference after the Beacons scored in the 83rd minute on Friday night at Brown Stadium.

The Redbirds (2-7 overall, 0-1 MVC) lobbied relentlessly on the backline of the Beacons (4-4-1 overall, 1-0 MVC) during the first 10 minutes of the game, put evidenced by a lightning fire in the third minute of the second. Ashlee Bakaitis of 25 yards that clicked on the post.

Dangerous chances were relatively hard to come by the rest of the way for the ISU, but the fifth year Sarah La Fayette and junior Allison baker almost logged in in the 70th minute, but luck was stopped in the spring of 2021, MVC goalkeeper of the year Nikki Coryell, who made seven saves on the game.

Valparaiso’s 83rd-minute goal came from a corner that was directed by Dana Fish just two meters from the goal line.

Illinois State held a 17-12 advantage in shots, but Valparaiso posted a 7-2 margin in corners.

The Redbirds lost at Valparaiso for the first time in program history (now 4-1) and had already won three consecutive MVC opener, dropping to 14-10-1 all-time in early MVC games. (8-7 on the road).

Illinois State faces Toledo Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT in their last non-conference game of the season. The match is Redbird Soccer’s premier diversity, equity and inclusion competition. Orange ribbons will be distributed as part of the team’s initiative to educate Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States who endured residential schools and residential schools. Student-athletes in the soccer program identified the cause to raise awareness after 1,000 unmarked graves were discovered at these schools earlier this summer.


General thoughts: “Certainly not the result we wanted. We played a great first half, but we missed too many opportunities to take the early advantage. Out of panic. There were some fantastic moments for our team today. hui, but if we are to win, we will have to be more clinical in our attack. “

Sunday’s match against Toledo: “Quick comeback to play again at home against Toledo. It’s another opportunity to sharpen and refine as a team. We need to focus on recovery and regroup as we strive for our first victory in Adelaide this season.”

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