After a three-game losing streak, the Illinois State womens soccer team gathered to end the skid with two wins this weekend, first on the road at Southeast Missouri State, and then at home against Baylor University.
The Redbirds travelled to SEMO on Friday with a chip on their shoulders. After heartbreaking losses to top-25 ranked teams last week, the Redbirds came out firing. All three of the Redbirds goals came in the first half.
Redbird midfielder Emily Dickman found the back of the net in the 14th minute, beating SEMO goalie Kindra Lierz to put ISU up 1-0.
Not even a minute later, midfielder Ali Farkos assisted striker Rachel Tejada for the Redbirds second goal. Tejada followed up with another goal in the 31st minute to put ISU up 3-0 before halftime. ISU would maintain the lead and momentum throughout the rest of the game. Goalkeeper Aryn Newsom picked up one save along with the win.
I really liked the movement off the ball; I really liked the effort, head coach Drew Roff said. What really stood out: Our goals were off pure hustle plays.
The hustle transferred over to the stat sheet where ISU outshot SEMO 16-4.
Roff was pleased with the play of the Redbird midfielders along with the team as a whole.
It was a gritty performance early on and we rode off from there, Roff said. Anytime you get three goals on the road and also preserve a shutout, youve got to be happy.
The Redbirds carried their momentum back home on Sunday afternoon, defeating Baylor, 2-1 in overtime at Adelaide Street Field.
Baylor opened up the scoring in the 14th minute when Ashley York beat Newsom to put the Bears up, 1-0. Following the Baylor goal, the Redbirds found a renewed spirit, hustling to the ball for more opportunities. After hitting the crossbar, Tejada beat Baylor goalie Michelle Kloss on an assist by Hannah Leinert to tie the game up, 1-1 in the 30th minute.
The Redbirds played a very physical game matching Baylors play throughout the second half. Despite momentum going for both teams, no one was able to score in the second half.
The Redbirds came close when Tejada was awarded a penalty kick. With just seven minutes left in regulation, Tejada struck the crossbar on the penalty kick.
Immediately after the overtime kickoff, the Redbirds took control. Just three minutes into overtime, Leinert sent a cross to Tejada who capitalized with an overtime goal and Redbird win. The assist was Leinerts third of the season while Tejada racked up her fifth goal.
With Tejadas goals this past weekend, she now is tied for the all-time program record with 59 goals. With one more goal, Tejada will be the most successful forward in ISU history.
Tejada led all players in shots attempted with six while the Redbirds outshot Baylor 16-13. Newsom was awarded the win, capturing four saves.
The win puts ISU overall at 5-3 on the season. Tejada will look to become the lone all-time goal record holder while Newsom looks to add to her all-time win record as well, when the Redbirds face Western Michigan University at 4 p.m., Friday at Adelaide Street Field.