While the ISU women’s soccer team battles for the top spot in the Valley, its biggest opponent ultimately seems to be itself.
The Redbirds dropped their two-game weekend stint, falling to Oklahoma in Friday night’s forgetful performance and drawing against Tulsa Sunday afternoon.
Game Two: ISU 1, Tulsa 1
As Tulsa tries to erase last season’s 3-12-4 record from its memory, the Redbirds looked to tack on another loss for the Golden Hurricane this season.
Illinois State tied Tulsa 1-1 after a double overtime effort, splicing the Redbirds’ road trip record to 0-1-1.
Coming off of Tulsa’s first win of the season defeating Oklahoma Baptist 2-0 Thursday night, it was the Redbirds who struck first this time around.
Senior forward Angel Krell put ISU ahead early with a goal at the 17:02 mark.
ISU’s lead was short lived as Tulsa freshman midfielder Alijah Oliver scored the first goal of her career in a Hurricane uniform at 67:20.
As the grudge match ensued, ISU goalkeeper Haley Smith marked six saves on the day, bringing the Redbirds’ hopes to overtime where they then failed to convert their efforts.
Game One: Oklahoma 7, ISU 1
Oklahoma scored the early goal and did not let its foot off the gas, defeating the Redbirds 7-1 in Friday night’s contest.
This was ISU’s first road test and resulted in its first loss, too.
The first goal was scored by Oklahoma sophomore, Erika Yost, at 9:36.
Oklahoma scored three more goals before the half, including an own goal and a goal from Oklahoma senior Jordan Hobart and freshman Hailey Davidson.
The Sooners led 4-0 at halftime and extended their lead in the latter portion of the game.
Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao scored twice off of two headers in the 58th and 61st minute.
Senior Emily Parker scored Oklahoma’s seventh goal in the 77 minute.
Senior midfielder Kiley Czerwinski notched ISU’s only goal of the day in the 86 minute.
Drawing a penalty kick, Czerwinski capitalized on the Sooners’ mishap, steering the Redbirds away from a shutout.
Oklahoma kept applying pressure as they out-shot the ‘Birds with a shot ratio of 15-8.
Illinois State seemed stifled offensively, as OU stopped it from attempting a single corner kick.
With a draw and a loss, the Redbirds now adorn a 1-1-2 record heading into next weekend’s match-up against Miami of Ohio Aug. 31.