On Saturday, the Illinois State University Redbirds recorded their fifth straight win when they defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers 5-0.

In a strong road win, the Redbirds moved to 7-4 on the season. UNI is now 4-6. 

ISU head coach Brad Silvey was impressed by the completeness his team showed.

“Tremendous performance all-around from our team today, and a great start to our conference season,” he said. “Netting the early goals was critical as we put ourselves in the driver’s seat.”

Senior midfielder Kate Del Fava scored in the 9th minute and the 83rd minute. Del Fava extended her lead over the rest of the conference as she recorded her 10th and 11th goals of the season.

Junior defender Alissa Ramsden scored in the 4th minute. The Redbirds have recorded five goals in the first ten minutes of their matches this season.

Junior forward Natalie Vaughn-Low scored in the 13th minute and has three goals in five appearances this season.

In the 69th minute, junior midfielder Abby Basler converted a penalty kick to make it 4-0 for the Redbirds. 

Silvey was glad to see many different goal scorers, as well as a concerted effort to complete the shutout.

“We were clinical with our chances and executed a clean game plan,” he said. “With four different goal scorers and a shutout, our group did a great job of managing both ends of the field.”

ISU is now 1-0 in conference play, and trails only Missouri State for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.

“We will briefly enjoy the victory,” Silvey said. “But we know that the Valley is incredibly unpredictable. All our attention now turns to recovery and preparation for Evansville back at Adelaide Street Field on Oct. 6th.”

BLAINE LEWALLEN is the Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at bmlewal@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @blainelew3 


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