Illini Fall 3-2 on Rainy Sunday at Indiana
Oct. 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a rain-soaked Sunday at Armstrong Stadium, Illinois scored four minutes into the game and with four minutes left in the game but dropped a 3-2 decision to Indiana. Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws tallied her 13th goal, which is tied for the most in the Big Ten, while senior Kassidy Brown added her first goal of the season in a late comeback attempt.
"There is an Arthur Golden quote about seeking to defeat a man's confidence rather than the man himself," head coach Janet Rayfield said. "Today, I think we lost the battle for confidence. We allowed fatigue to cause mistakes, and mistakes to cause doubt, and doubt to take our focus away from executing the things we have worked on and are capable of doing.
"Credit to Indiana as they executed and found the confidence they needed to take control of the game. In spite of that, we fought to the end. We were still able to create chances, score two goals and give ourselves a chance. We are a much better team than we showed this weekend. This team will find the belief in themselves and will be a force when they do - of that I have no doubt."
The Illini capitalized on the wet conditions immediately, taking a 1-0 lead 3:42 into the game. Senior Megan Pawloski fired a shot at IU keeper Shannon Flower, who deflected the slippery ball but it went right to Flaws for the put away. It marked Illinois' second-fastest goal this season behind only Allie Osoba's goal in 16 seconds against Illinois State.
Indiana threatened multiple times with seven corner kicks in the opening 25 minutes, but the Illini defense and freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley consistently got the job done to keep the Hoosiers off the board.
With under five minutes in the first half, Indiana connected on the equalizer, tying it up 1-1. Kayleigh Steigerwalt sent a left-sided cross into the box where Jordan Woolums finished with the header. The Big Ten tilt entered halftime all knotted at one, with Indiana holding a 9-4 advantage in shots and 7-0 in corner kicks.
After the break, Indiana scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half to grab the 3-1 lead, which proved to be the final score. Steigerwalt took a pass from Rebecca Candler on the left side of the box and snuck a goal just inside the far post in the 50th minute. Four minutes later, Woolums came up with her second goal, taking a pass from Candler up the right side and finishing inside the near post.
The Orange and Blue made a late charge with just under four minutes left in the game, as Brown fired a shot from the right side for her second career goal. Junior Noelle Leary, who also took two shots on the afternoon, fed Brown for her first career assist.
Illinois fell to 6-5-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the Big Ten, while Indiana improved to 10-2-1 and 3-2-0 in the conference. The Hoosiers finished with a 17-7 advantage in shots and took all 11 corner kicks in the game.
Up Next: Illinois will host one game at the Illinois Soccer Stadium next weekend when it welcomes Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.