The Illinois State soccer team wrapped up a perfect 6-0 record in the Missouri Valley Conference with their 2-0 win over Drake on Saturday.
The match was a story of two halves as Drake and ISU battled it out at Cownie Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The Redbirds fired off just nine shots in the first half. Following halftime, ISU came out more aggressive, offensively looking for the goal to put them on top.
That goal finally came in the 76th minute through a penalty kick. Senior striker Rachel Tejada pushed the ball through the penalty box, trying to control the ball into the box, but was held from behind by Drakes Kylie DeHaven. The hold resulted in a red card and ejection for DeHaven while Tejada was awarded the PK. Tejada stepped up for the PK and struck the ball in the opposite way Drake goalkeeper Kylynn Moyer guessed, giving ISU a 1-0 lead.
Just three minutes later, ISU was on the attack again. Attacking from the left side of the box, Tejada passed the ball to Hannah Leinert. Leinert blasted the ball into the back of the net to increase the ISU lead to 2-0 in the 79th minute. The assist was Tejadas 40th of her career and her ninth of the season, breaking the All-Time MVC Assist. The record breaker adds onto her numerous accolades she has gathered up at ISU.
The Redbirds held a 24-9 shot advantage while also boasting a 5-1 corner kick advantage. ISU holds a 140-39 shot advantage against MVC opponents. Aryn Newsom made two saves in goal, paving the way for ISUs seventh shutout of the season.
The win puts ISU at 12-5 on the season with one regular season match remaining on the schedule. ISU will host Idaho at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. The match will be the first ever night game in program history under the newly constructed lights at Adelaide Street Field.