Illini Fall to Michigan
The University of Illinois soccer team fell in defeat today to the Michigan Wolverines, 2-0, in a home contest at the UI Soccer Multiplex.
Although held scoreless, the Illini controlled play for most of the match and outshot Michigan 14-8. The star of the game was Wolverine goalkeeper Jessica Jones who made five or six brilliant saves on Illinois chances. Freshman Lindsay Johnson had the best chance for the Illini in the first half as she broke in past the defense and fired a high shot that Jones snagged with her outstretched arms. Johnson led the Illini with four shots on goal. Michigan eventually broke through as Kacy Beitel connected with a goal on the Wolverine's first shot of the game in the 16th minute.
Michigan was outshot 10-4 in the second half while the Orange and Blue had numerous prime scoring chances that were snuffed out by Jones. Illinois' best chance came on a redirected head-ball by senior co-captain Sarah Aberle that sailed just over the crossbar. Michigan scored its second goal in the 69th minute as Emily Schmitt was credited with the goal for being the last Wolverine to touch the ball when it went into the net off of an Illini defender.
Illinois is now 8-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten. The Illini are back in action Friday night when the team hosts Iowa at 7 p.m. at the First and Stadium Multiplex.