Illini Stumble at #17 Penn State, 5-0
Oct. 20, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Illinois allowed a season-high five goals and fell 5-0 to No. 17 Penn State at Jeffrey Field on Sunday afternoon. The Illini suffered their second shutout of the season and were limited to eight shots. The Orange and Blue dropped to 8-6-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the Big Ten with three games remaining in the regular season.
"Once again we were put in a situation where we needed everyone to do more, contribute more and execute more," head coach Janet Rayfield said. "That just didn't happen. Penn State is a good attacking team and they created a lot but we also put ourselves in really tough situations with unforced turnovers and mental errors. Confidence and execution comes from the work you put in - it gives you the fitness and the skills to be consistent. We need to put this behind us, continue to put the work in and move forward."
Penn State's Raquel Rodriguez scored the game's first two goals in the opening 15 minutes. Taylor Schram found Rodriguez with a through ball just outside the box for the first goal in the eighth minute. Six minutes later, Rodriguez ripped one from the top of the box following a rebound.
Tani Costa delivered the third goal in the 31st minute with a spin move in the box and shot from 12 yards out. The Nittany Lions carried a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Just over two minutes into the second half, Mallory Weber scored from point blank range off the cross from Brittany Basinger. Weber then assisted on the final goal of the day in the 50th minute when Maya Hayes netted a shot from 12 yards.
NCAA goal leader Jannelle Flaws was limited to 20 minutes due to a head injury suffered in the first half. The Glenview, Ill., native returned to start the second half but did not attempt a shot in the game. Freshman Meegan Johnston put a team-high three shots on frame and senior Kassidy Brown took a pair of shots.
Up Next: Illinois will return home for its final home weekend of the season. The Illini will welcome Michigan on Friday night (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. followed by Senior Day on Sunday (Oct. 27) at 1 p.m. against Michigan State.