Illinois Dominates Cougars in Home Opener, 6-2
Aug 30, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On a steamy Friday night at the Illinois Soccer Stadium, Illinois (2-1) scored its most goals ever in a home opener, dominating College of Charleston (1-2) with a 6-2 victory. Six different Illini scored goals, as the Orange and Blue never trailed and held a 33-5 shot advantage over the Cougars. UI's six goals equals its highest output under 12th-year head coach Janet Rayfield and matches its most goals in a game since tallying eight in 2000 against Western Illinois (10/27/00). The Illini last scored six goals in a game on Oct. 7, 2007 against Iowa.
"The offensive versatility of this team is one of our strengths," Rayfield said. "Six different goal scorers today and one of them wasn't Vanessa DiBernardo. We've always said we can score from anywhere, and it can be anybody. Our commitment to get numbers in the box certainly helped that tonight."
The Illini took a 1-0 lead into halftime after freshman Allison Stucky (29') scored the lone goal in the opening frame in the 29th minute. Senior Kassidy Brown sent a free kick into the penalty area that was deflected by the goalkeeper right to Stucky, who sent it into the back of the net for the first goal of her collegiate career.
Just a minute and half into the second half, Illinois went ahead 2-0 on the first goal of the season by junior Allie Osoba (47'). The Orland Park, Ill., native scored off a double assist from Christina Farrell and DiBernardo, who crossed it to the left side where Osoba put it away.
Six minutes later, sophomore Nicole Breece (53') collected her second goal of the year, pushing it to a 3-0 lead. Breece took a deflection at the top of the box and sent a dart into the left side of the net. On just their third shot in the 56th minute, the Cougars scored on a rebound off the post by Victoria Fichman, making it 3-1.
Illinois responded quickly in the 60th minute with the second career goal by freshman Casey Conine (60'), pushing it to a 4-1 advantage. DiBernardo, who posted two assists on the night, passed a corner kick to Breece at the near post who relayed it to Conine in the middle of the box.
In the 75th minute, College of Charleston got back within two tallies following the goal by Mccallie Jones. Illinois then finished off the game with two goals in the final 10 minutes for the 6-2 final score. Sophomore Megan Green (82') received a pass in the box from Aliina Weykamp down the right flank and found the back of the net for the first goal of her career.
Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws (88') notched the final goal of the night off a beautiful pass from sophomore Amy Feher at midfield. Flaws earned her second goal in as many games with a strong right foot at the top of the box.
Illinois has scored 11 goals in the past two games, marking the most in back-to-back games since 2000 when they posted 14. On the season, nine different Illini have accounted for Illinois' 12 goals.
Up Next: Illinois will be back in action on Sunday night at 7 p.m. when it takes on in-state foe Illinois State at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.