The Redbirds defeated Missouri state 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, stringing together their fourth win in a row.
Junior Kate Del Fava and freshman Shaina Dudas scored both goals for ISU.
The Bears were ISU’s first MVC opponent this season as the Redbirds looked strong going into conference play, controlling the pace and negating Missouri State’s late offense.
“I felt today we set a solid tone as we open MVC play,” head coach Brad Silvey said. “Missouri State was tough and the competition in the MVC will continue to challenge us as every program played tough non-conference opponents. We need to first recover from four games in eight days and then get right back to work.”
The initial offensive pressure showcased early on for both teams as the two were able to run their offense smoothly.
ISU appeared to generate more early chances, and had more shots, but Missouri State also applied pressure to the Redbirds’ defense.
“Kate is simply tremendous,” Silvey said. “She has taken on so many different roles and responsibilities within our team/program and continues to amaze me with her work rate and performance. Her commitment to this team and to excellence is never in question.”
In the 55th minute, freshman Shaina Dudas found a way to score the game-winning goal.
ISU won the shooting ratio 27-9 and the corner kick ratio 9-2.
“Great performance from our team today, start to finish,” Silvey said. “We had the one hiccup early on…but our group responded well to level the score in the first half and get the game winner in the second. This was our first complete game where we hit all our team goals and played consistent for a full 90 minutes, so the result took care of itself.”
The Redbirds travel to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Drake at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.