Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws earned her first career hat trick on Sunday night and leads the Illini with five goals on the season.
Sep 1, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Junior Allie Osoba scored 16 seconds into the game and redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws earned her first career hat trick, as Illinois (3-1) posted its third straight win with a 5-1 victory over Illinois State (1-3). The Illini have totaled 16 goals (5-6-5) over their past three games, equaling the second-most in a three-game span in school history behind the record 17 goals (8-6-3) scored in 2000.
"It always feels good to score goals," head coach Janet Rayfield said. "But a coach like me this early in the season is never satisfied. It was a comfortable win, but I am still looking at things we need to get better at and still looking for our first shutout. The fact that we have multiple people scoring in multiple ways certainly bodes well for us, but it will get harder and harder as the season goes on."
Osoba's goal 16 seconds into the contest was three seconds shy of the fastest goal in school history, which was 13 seconds by Lindsay Johnson against Penn State on Nov. 11, 2001. Following the opening kick, sophomore Amy Feher sent a perfect pass up the left side to sophomore Nicole Breece, who popped a cross into the center of the box that was headed in by Osoba, her second game in a row with a goal.
"That first goal certainly set the tone for the game," Rayfield said. "Getting the first goal always relaxes us. It gives us a sense of composure and allows us to get into our game."
Illinois never looked back after the quick goal. Nine minutes later, Flaws punched in her first of three goals on the night, putting the Illini up 2-0 under 10 minutes into the game. Redshirt-sophomore Aliina Weykamp put a pass ahead of the defense to Flaws, who collected it and beat the keeper with a shot into the bottom-left corner.
In the 37th minute, Flaws added her second tally on another great pass from the midfield that beat the defense. Freshman Hope D'Addario earned her first career assist with a ball popped ahead to Flaws in the box, who flicked it in past the keeper.
With a comfortable 3-0 lead at halftime, Illinois never let up and tallied two goals within five minutes of each other midway through the second frame. In the 65th minute, senior Megan Pawloski corralled the ball at the top of the box and blasted it through the keeper's hands for her first goal of the season.
Flaws completed her hat trick on another nice pass by freshman Casey Conine ahead of the defense, which allowed her to put it away from the right side of the box. The Glenview, Ill., native is the first Illini to score three goals in a game since Niki Read against Ball State on Aug. 26, 2011. The forward, who entered 2013 with three career goals, already has a team-high five on the season.
The Illini nearly posted their first shutout of the season, but the Redbirds scored off a corner kick and jumbled play in the box in the 87th minute. The one goal is the fewest allowed by Wheatley through four games. Illinois outshot ISU 26-15, held a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks and improved to 6-0 in games in Champaign and 7-2-2 all-time against the Redbirds.
Up Next: Illinois will head west for a pair of matches in Tempe, Ariz., next weekend. The Illini will take on Arizona State on Friday, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. CT and Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. CT.