Illinois State University’s women’s soccer team dropped its second straight MVC contest Sunday in Normal. Evansville overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Redbirds 2-1 after a goal by Nicki Baham in the 93rd minute in overtime. The loss moves ISU’s record to 5-9-2, 2-3 in MVC play. With one game left to play, the ’Birds find themselves in fourth place in the MVC.
The first half produced no score and only two shots-on-goal, but the ’Birds seemed to have control of the game, generating six shots and five corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.
“I thought we played very assertively in the first half,” head coach Eric Golz said. “I thought we did a really good job of dictating and pushing the tempo both from an attacking perspective and defensive perspective. I don’t think it really generated dangerous chances for us, but we liked the way we were playing.”
In the second half, the action picked up. In the 67th minute, Lauren Koehl ripped a shot past Evansville goalkeeper Whitney Biggs off of a pass from Kelli Zickert to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead. “In the second half I thought we scored a fantastic goal,” Golz said. “The goal we scored was something we talked about at halftime so the girls did a great job executing.”
It would be the only goal the Redbirds would score, as the tide changed after Koehl’s goal. Evansville’s Colleen Dierkes scored 13 minutes after Koehl to tie the game up, then the overtime goal from Baham gave the Purple Aces the winning goal.
“I thought we could’ve scored a couple of other goals, but that’s the way it goes,” Golz said. “I think after we scored, the game changed. I thought we were really timid. I thought we were playing not to lose rather than playing to win. We needed to keep attacking and push the tempo, and we didn’t do that.”
Evansville lead in shots, including 6-4 in shots-on-goal.
Senior midfielder Ali Farkos and defender Abby Van Deventer were honored prior to kickoff in celebration of Senior Day.
The Redbirds will conclude their regular season play Thursday when they visit Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind.