Illinois State University’s senior midfielder Kate Del Fava scored two goals in the team’s 3-0 Senior Day win over Evansville.
Prior to the game, Del Fava and the other seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony.
“It was kind of a bittersweet moment,” Del Fava said. “We’ve been waiting for it all year and it was a really good game for our seniors to cap the day off with a 3-0 win. It was a really good feeling.”
Del Fava scored in the 22nd and 69th minutes of the game. Senior forward Brittany Paganucci added to the total in the 88th minute.
“Their goalkeeper was really good,” Del Fava said. “So, I was trying to hit it as hard as I could have to put it in the back of the net.”
Despite the margin of victory, Evansville only trailed ISU’s shot total by three goals (16-13).
“I think we didn’t have as much control in the game as we wanted to,” Del Fava said. “But we still dug in and found a way to win 3-0, so I think that just says a lot about who we are as a team this year.”
The team has shutout four of their last five opponents; they are +15 in goal differential in those games.
“I think we have a great backline, and they’re showing up day in and day out,” Del Fava said. “It’s pretty easy to win and score goals for a defense that doesn’t give up any goals.”
The Redbirds are 2-0 in conference play and sit at 8-4 on the season. Evansville is now 1-8-2.
“I think we’re just going to try to take one game at a time,” Del Fava said. “And keep showing up and doing what we’re doing, and our defense is going to keep being strong and holding up our backline and we’re going to try to keep scoring goals, so I think that’s a good recipe for success.”
ISU will play a non-conference game 3 p.m. Tuesday at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.