The Illinois State soccer team was unable to get back on the winning side of things Monday evening as they were defeated by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Jaguars 4-0 at Adelaide Street Field.

The loss was the second straight for the Redbirds after previously winning four straight matches. The ‘Birds were seen in pink jerseys as part of their annual “Pink Out” event in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Both teams came out of the gate with good energy, but neither squad was able to come up with any goals in the first half. The Redbirds had numerous opportunities, including a break away shot by Kate Del Fava that was saved by IUPUI goalkeeper Sophia Lipka in the 27’ minute.

ISU also failed to convert on a corner kick later in the first half, as Lipka and the Jaguars defense blocked multiple shots by the Redbirds. Lipka finished the first half with 5 of her game-high 11 saves. ISU goalkeeper Haley Smith also contributed a save in the first half. The Redbirds were able to outshoot the Jaguars 11-3 in the opening half but just could not find the net. 

The second half opened up much like the first half, as the Redbirds were again quickly on the attack. 

It was the Jaguars, however, who broke the scoreless tie in the 49’ minute. Elizabeth Bueckers snuck one past new ISU goalkeeper Jenny Scara  to put IUPUI ahead 1-0. The goal, which came off of a free kick, was assisted by Emma Chambers.

The Jaguars would add an insurance goal in the 78’ minute as Miranda Ricks found Jessica Flores for a goal to put them ahead 2-0.

Just moments later a Bueckers header found the net to give the Jaguars a 3-0 lead in the 80’ minute. Bueckers would add another header a minute later in the 81’ minute for her third goal of the match to extend the lead to 4-0. 

The ‘Birds would ultimately get shut out for the second consecutive match despite outshooting IUPUI 20-9 and 11-5 in shots on goal. 

The Redbirds (6-6-2) return home to Adelaide Street Field Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. faceoff with MVC foe Valparaiso.

BLAINE LEWALLEN is a Sports Reporter  for The Vidette. He can be contacted at bmlewal@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @blainelew3

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