The up-and-down Illinois State soccer season continued Sunday with its final regular-season road game at Evansville, resulting in its third-straight win.
ISU topped Evansville 3-1 and out-shot the Purple Aces 23-4.
The Redbirds had dropped three straight games prior to bouncing back with these three wins.
“This is a tough time of the season when everyone is fighting for results, and we looked very composed and prepared within the game,” ISU head coach Brad Silvey said. “We controlled the majority of the game with great build up and possession, ultimately resulting in some great opportunities and great goals. Also great to solidify our entry into MVC [Missouri Valley Conference] post-season play.”
ISU redshirt sophomore midfielder Abby Basler scored twice in the second half, striking a dagger at the 84th minute that gave ISU its 3-1 lead.
Once again, it was sophomore forward Natalie Vaughn-Low that struck first for the Redbirds against Evansville with a 15th minute goal, assisted by junior midfielder Kate Del Fava.
ISU held the 1-0 lead until halftime, as it kept the ball away from Evansville for the majority of the half.
The Purple Aces (4-10-2, 2-3-1 MVC) recorded zero shots in the first half.
ISU junior goalkeeper Haley Smith had zero saves until the 80th minute when the Redbirds were leading 2-1 at the time, serving as the only save for Smith on the day.
Basler nabbed her first goal of the game at the 76th minute after sophomore Ashley Santos’ shot was blocked and bounced back to Basler, who knocked it in to put ISU ahead.
“Natalie (Vaughn-Low) and Abby Basler have been staples in our lineup and have heavily contributed to our team success since they arrived on campus,” Silvey said. “It’s exciting and deserving, in my opinion, to see them appear on the stat sheet at this time in our season when points are critical — that’s a tribute to their team mentality, resilient attitude and tremendous work rate.”
The Redbirds improve to 9-7-2, 4-2 MVC this season, as they sit in third place of the Valley.
ISU returns home for the final regular season game against fourth place Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Thursday at Adelaide Street Field.