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Illinois State Collects 3-0 Triumph Over Drake

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: October 27, 2013
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NORMAL, Ill. - In its final regular season road game, the Drake women’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision at Illinois State (11-6-0, 5-0 MVC) on Sunday (Oct. 27). 

The victory gave the Redbirds the outright 2013 Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship.

“It was disappointing not to have given ourselves a better chance at the start of the game,” Bulldog head coach Lindsey Horner commented. "Illinois State is a quality team in the attack and unlike our previous big games, we were timid at the start.  Illinois State has punished mistakes made by MVC opponents and the same was true today.  Our back line and keeper were up for the battle, but our midfield didn't impact the game for long stretches, and in the final third we weren't sharp."

Anna Stinson scored what proved to be the game-winning tally in the second minute (1:30) to give Illinois State a 1-0 lead with her second goal of the year. 

Rachel Tejada, the two-time MVC Player of the Year, connected on her team-leading 13th goal of the season at the 30:37 mark to extend the advantage to 2-0.

The Bulldogs (3-10-4, 1-3-1 MVC) were outshot in the initial stanza, 6-2, including 4-2 on goal.

Dagny Olson capped the scoring in the affair delivering her sixth goal on the campaign in the 55th minute (54:55).

Illinois State recorded a 14-7 margin in shots, including 8-5 on goal. Anna Stinson’s led the Redbirds with a game-high four shots, while freshman Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) directed the Bulldogs with a three-shot performance.

Junior goalkeeper Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) turned in a game-high five saves for Drake, while Aryn Newsom matched her with five stops for Illinois State.

The Bulldogs close their regular season campaign with a 7:00 p.m. Halloween showdown versus Indiana State on Thursday (Oct. 31) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

By virtue of Loyola’s 1-0 victory past Northern Iowa on Saturday (Oct. 26), Drake has earned a berth in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.  The Bulldogs will play a to-be-determined opponent on the road next Sunday (Nov. 3) in the quarterfinal round.

"Thursday's game has big implications for seeding in the tournament for us," said Horner. "We're in, but it would be nice to go in coming off a positive result."

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