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Illinois State defeats the Eastern Michigan Eagles 1-0 on Sunday Adelaide Street Field. The Redbirds return to action with seven straight road games, starting with two games against Oklahoma and Tulsa this weekend.

After only grabbing one victory in its road trip so far, the Illinois State women's soccer team concluded its seven-game road trip with a win at Toledo.

The Redbirds defeated the Rockets 2-1 on Friday, as Mikayla Unger and Alix McArthur scored both goals off the bench.

ISU head coach Brad Silvey spoke about the early challenge the Rockets presented.

“Great way to wrap up our seven-game road stretch with a solid result. This was a tough Toledo team that presented a lot of problems and disrupted the way we wanted to play," Silvey said.

Both teams had early chances, but nobody scored until the 29th minute when redshirt senior Hannah Scafaria netted a shot to make it 1-0 Rockets.

At 34 minutes, the junior Unger scored her second goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.

Unger would continue to contribute, as she assisted on the game winning goal that Alix McArthur scored in the 42nd minute.

Unger and McArthur subbed in from the bench halfway through the first half.

“Our team, especially our bench, showed a lot of grit and determination to find a way to win," Silvey said. “As we return home and prepare for Omaha, we need to show more focus in executing our team tactics.”

Haley Smith had three saves Friday, and was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week prior to this game.

Silvey hopes the team executes their strategy on Sunday.

“Meeting the ball with pressure, consistently competing for loose balls, ingiting our offense”, the coach said, “increasing possession and taking more shots will all be necessary in earning future results.”

ISU finished its road trip 2-4-1.

The Redbirds make their return to Adelaide Street Field at noon Sunday for their next game against Omaha.

MATT KALINOWSKI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at mjkali1@ilstu.edu

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