A late goal pushed the Illinois State Redbirds over the Utah State Aggies 2-1 on Sept. 13 in Normal.
“All credit to the team for being able to battle back” ISU head coach Brad Silvey said, “In that second half we were under a lot of pressure … they took a lot of shots obviously, we weathered it all extremely well though, and I was really pleased with the team to be able to fight, keep our composure and only concede the one goal tonight.”
Sophomore midfielder Logan Ziegler scored in the 34th minute and junior forward Natalie Vaughn-Low netted a shot in the 59th minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Jenny Scara picked up her first win of the season with seven saves.
This was Vaughn-Low’s first appearance of the season, and she scored the game-winning goal.
"It honestly doesn't feel real," Vaughn-Low said, "It's been a grind to get back to seeing playing time on the field and it feels amazing to score the game-winner in my first game back. I couldn't ask for more."
Silvey felt that the team had trouble adjusting to Utah State’s defensive scheme.
“We had a hard time finding more possession of the ball tonight, credit again to Utah State” Silvey said, “They pressed us like crazy, they were all over the place … it created some challenges for us, but in the chances we did create, we did extremely well.”
Utah State’s only goal came from junior midfielder Amber Marshall in the 50th minute.
Silvey was also pleased with the toughness the team displayed tonight.
“It was a true, gritty team performance at the end of that game, to finish it off, that’s a characteristic we’re going to have to have if we’re going to be successful” Silvey said.
ISU is back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday against Western Illinois at Adelaide Street Field