The Illinois State soccer team fell to Boston College 4-1 after Sunday’s high-paced match at Adelaide Street Field. Despite the ending score result, the Redbirds played a close game, matching BC’s offensive intensity throughout the match. The loss was ISU’s third straight against a Top 25-ranked opponent and brings them to 3-3 on the season.

Boston College came into the match firing on all cylinders, capturing two goals in the first 12 minutes. Despite the quick goals from BC, the Redbirds answered almost immediately. A minute after the second BC goal, Rachel Tejada assisted Hannah Leinert for her third goal of the year to bring ISU within one. The goal was Leinert’s third of the season while Tejada tallied up her fifth assist of the year.

The rest of the game continued to be an offensive nail biter. At times, ISU looked as fast if not faster than BC on both sides of the ball. Despite the effort, the Redbirds were unable to capitalize, coming up short several times with multiple shots hitting the crossbar and veering just wide.

Unable to find an equalizer in the first half, ISU continued the fluid looking offense in the second half. The Redbirds were never able to tie up the game, while BC netted two more goals in the second half to put the game away handing ISU their third loss to a Top 25 team.

BC outshot ISU 19-14; however, nine of ISU’s shots were on goal. Tejada led all shots attempted with six, matching Boston College’s Stephanie McCaffrey. ISU goalkeeper Aryn Newsom grabbed three saves.

Despite the loss, ISU should have much to look forward to, seeing that so many chances came just short. The Redbirds look to correct their mistakes quickly as they gear up for this week. However, the Redbirds’ schedule does not get any easier in the upcoming days. ISU will travel on Friday to face Southeast Missouri State. On Sunday, they will host Baylor University at Adelaide Street Field. Baylor is another opponent receiving Top-25 votes.

The Redbirds will try to carry Sunday’s solid play into their upcoming matches. Friday’s match is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff in Cape Girdeau, Mo., while Sunday’s match back in Normal is slated for a 1:00 p.m. showdown against Baylor.

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