The ISU Women’s Soccer team clinched the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title for the third time in five years Sunday with a 3-0 win over Drake. They previously won the regular season title in 2009 and 2011.
Scoring began quickly for the Redbirds as senior midfielder Anna Stinson scored her first goal of the season in the first minute of the game. It only got worse for Drake from there as the Redbirds dominated the ball for much of the game, giving the Bulldogs very few opportunities to score.
They would score again in the 30th minute of the game when junior forward Rachel Tejada, the team’s season leader in goals, connected on another, tallying her 13th of the year.
ISU would score its third goal of the game early in the second half of play, as freshman forward Dagny Olson scored her sixth goal of the season in the 55th minute of action.
It almost got worse for Drake, as Tejada was fouled and attempted a penalty kick, but the Bulldogs goalie Andrea Swanson came up with an impressive save.
The Redbirds continued to dominate much of the action in the rest of the game. They held the Bulldogs scoreless, led by goalkeeper Aryn Newsom’s three saves in the second half.
Illinois State has only surrendered one goal in conference play this season, and have been undefeated in conference, with a record that now stands at 5-0. They are also currently on a run of four consecutive shutouts.
This will be the third year in a row the team has won at least one of the conference titles. They hope to make it to the NCAA tournament for the third year in a row.
The Redbirds will now hold the top seed in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. They will finish the season Thursday when they travel to Springfield, Mo. to play Missouri State. The MVC tournament will begin Sunday, Nov. 3.
Earlier in the week, Tejada won the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. It was also the 14th weekly award of her career.
On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore back Abby Van Deventer won the MVC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time.
The selections were the eighth and ninth MVC weekly honors this year for the Redbirds.