Once again the Illinois State soccer team used a late goal to clinch a win.
Coming in the 80 minute, midfielder Kate Del Fava netted her ninth goal of the season to give the Redbirds the 1-0 win over the Western Illinois at Adelaide Field Sunday afternoon.
Illinois State’s head coach Brad Silvey was pleased with the defensive effort today.
“Great to get the win at home on Heidecke Day! This is always a special day, and even more special with a win and a shutout.”, Silvey said, “We’ve focused a lot on improving within our defensive transition and you could tell our commitment and effort in that area improved substantially.”
In the 6 minute, ISU had a goal taken away due to offsides.
At halftime, ISU led in shots 9-1, and would finish with a 20-4 shot advantage.
Del Fava now has nine goals on the season and leads the Missouri Valley Conference in points. She has separated herself from the rest of the pack by averaging 2.38 points per game and 1.125 goals per game.
ISU is now 4-4, and WIU falls to 2-4-1.
The 'Birds will play against North Florida University in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday.
“We’ve performed well at home and earned some exciting results.”, he said, “Now we need to perform on the road for our next three contests.”