Fighting Illini forward Jannelle Flaws equaled a school record and took over the NCAA lead with her second career hat trick in Illinois' 3-1 victory at Northwestern.
Oct. 17, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. - Fighting Illini forward Jannelle Flaws equaled a school record and took over the NCAA lead with her second career hat trick in Illinois' 3-1 victory at Northwestern. Flaws has scored 18 goals this season, tying Emily Brown's UI record from 1999 and surpassing Cal Poly's Elise Krieghoff (16) for the top spot in the nation in 2013. Illinois earned its first Big Ten road win and improved to 3-3-1 in the conference and 8-5-2 overall.
"It was a huge game for us," head coach Janet Rayfield said. "Any Big Ten win on the road is huge. This team showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight to get back in after going down a goal. We are riding the goal scoring of Jannelle Flaws right now. There is not doubt about that, but what people don't realize is that she is getting some great balls from her teammates. She finds ways to get free and we find ways to get her the ball."
Flaws entered the year with just three career goals after only playing in 2011 due to knee injuries sidelining her for the 2010 and 2012 seasons. The Glenview, Ill., native has stepped up to lead the Illini, scoring in 11 of 15 games in 2013 and leading the Big Ten with 73 shots. She tallied three goals in a game for the second time this year, with the last coming on Sept. 1 against Illinois State.
"Tying the school record is definitely something I've wanted," Flaws said. "To be able to do it with this team is awesome. I got three great passes that made for three easy finishes."
A minute into the game at Lakeside Field, Illinois took the first shot when sophomore Nicole Breece nailed the crossbar from the top of the box. In the fifth minute, Northwestern jumped in front 1-0 with a rebound goal. Freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley saved the initial shot by Addie Steiner, but Julie Sierks knocked in the deflection into the left side of the net.
The Illini scored on their second shot, which came off a free kick in the 21st minute by senior Kassidy Brown, who started in the midfield for the first time this season. Brown sent a grounder into the center of the box that Flaws slipped by the NU keeper with a slide attack for the equalizer.
Less than four minutes later, Flaws found the back of the net again to put Illinois ahead 2-1. Senior Megan Pawloski carried a breakaway up the left side and linked up with Flaws in the center of box for the goal from 10 yards out.
Illinois, which is now 5-0-1 when leading at the half this year, carried the 2-1 advantage into the break despite getting outshot 6-5 & trailing 3-1 in corners.
Flaws' third and final goal came just over five minutes into the second half. Brown and junior Allie Osoba worked to send the ball up the right side to Flaws, who connected from long range, nearly 25 yards out. The Orange and Blue notched their three goals on their first six shots.
The Illini collected their third come-from-behind victory and won their second game in a row despite being outshot again. Northwestern held a 15-9 edge in shots and 7-1 in corner kicks, but the UI defense of senior Christina Farrell, redshirt-sophomore Aliina Weykamp, sophomore Amy Feher and freshman Casey Conine held the Wildcats to the lone goal. Wheatley made seven saves, including a sensational stop in the 83rd minute, to increase her conference lead to 72 saves.
Up Next: Illinois will travel to Happy Valley for an 11 a.m. match against Penn State on Sunday, which will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.