The University of Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Illinois State Redbirds 3-2 on Sunday at Adelaide Street Field in Normal.

The game was part of ISU’s “Pack the Pitch” promotion, which drew a crowd of 729 fans. This is the third largest attendance in Adelaide Street Field history.

Illini senior midfielder Arianna Veland clinched the victory with a penalty kick goal in the 89.”

“In terms of the effort, the attitude, the mindset, the mentality of our players to compete from start to finish? Really proud,” ISU head coach Brad Silvey said. “I mean they competed. They even found possession of the ball, creating good, solid chances and opportunities consistently and throughout the game. At the end of the day that’s a team that should be coming in here and giving us a thumping.”

ISU is now 2-3 on the year, and Illinois moved up to 3-1.

Illinois was off to a fast start when freshman forward Makena Silber netted her second goal of the season in the first minute.

“There were a lot of new moments that our team saw today,” Silvey said.

“And, you know, with the response to adversity going down another goal early on in the game and battling and coming back from that, just a lot of positives. Nonetheless, proud of what the girls brought tonight and there’s a lot of things that we learned and saw tonight that moving ahead, we’ll be a better team.”

Redbird freshman midfielder Katherine Felton responded by scoring her first career goal in the seventh minute. ISU senior forward Mikayla Unger assisted a goal that senior midfielder Kate Del Fava delivered in the 25”. Del Fava has scored eight goals through five games.

“Great to see Felton open up her account, both of the goals were tremendous, and both of them were assisted by Mikayla Unger,” Silvey said, “She’s been one that’s been knocking on the door a little bit, it’s good to see her show up on the stat sheet as well tonight.”

A foul was called in the 41st and Illini junior midfielder Hope Breslin scored on the penalty kick.

The Redbirds committed 15 fouls in this contest, compared to the Illini’s 12.

“I thought there were moments that we played a little sloppy, and we could have done a better job of being disciplined defensively,” Silvey said, “But those are elements of the game where we have to show a little bit more maturity, and just adapt to those within the game.”

ISU is back in action at 7 p.m. Friday, where it will take on Utah State at Adelaide Street Field.

MATT KALINOWSKI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @mattkalinowski8

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