#21 Illinois Drops Indiana, 2-1
Oct. 3, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois women's soccer team improved to 9-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in Big Ten play with a 2-1 victory over Indiana during SoccerFest 2010 on Sunday. Freshman Megan Pawloski netted both Illini goals for her first collegiate two-goal performance.
"This is a great team moving the ball and creating chances and right now our freshman players are on the end of those opportunities," said head coach Janet Rayfield about the output from the first-year Illini players. "The freshmen are there because they have learned a lot from the upperclassman about discipline, work ethic and the game. The great thing about this [freshman] class is they are learning quickly and you can see, by this weekend, the learning process is paying off."
After 40 minutes of scoreless soccer, DiBernardo controlled possession at the top of the Indiana box. DiBernardo pushed the ball through a seam in the Hoosier defense as Pawloski rushed on net. After gaining control, Pawloski placed her shot into the lower-left side of the goal to earn her third tally on the season.
"We talk about players coming off our bench having to make a difference," Rayfield said. "Not just to go in and maintain but to kick the level up and add energy to the field. Megan does a great job of adding energy. She gets in, works hard, stays focused and is a finisher."
It would take Pawloski less than two minutes to double the Illini lead as classmate Kassidy Brown placed the ball into the left side of the box on a long cross. Simultaneously, Pawloski rushed on goal and headed the game-winning shot over Indiana keeper Shannon Flower to put Illinois ahead, 2-0.
Carly Samp cut the Illini lead in half, 2-1, by controlling an Illinois turnover inside the Illini box. Samp fired a shot into the upper-right side of the net, out of reach of the diving Alexandra Kapicka for her sixth goal on the season.
Kapicka stopped two shots in net on the day for Illinois while Flower pushed aside nine for Indiana. The Orange and Blue outshot the Hoosiers, 24-13, and earned five corner kick opportunities to Indiana's two.
Illinois travels to the Wisconsin Badgers to continue Big Ten play on Sunday, Oct. 10 with a 12:00 p.m. contest.