Oct. 27, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two second-half goals helped Illinois defeat the Michigan State women's soccer team, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Illinois Soccer Stadium in Champaign, Ill. The Spartans are now 9-7-2 overall and 3-7 in the conference, while the Illini now have an identical overall record, but are 4-5-1 in Big Ten play.
The eventual-winning goal came in the 80th minute off a flip throw. Illinois' Megan Pawloski tossed the ball into the box where it deflected off a couple players and then bounced to Allie Osoba, who put it in the net.
"It was a good game and we played quite well for our second game of the weekend," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton. "We knew how talented their offense was, and I was pleased with the way we handled their forwards for most of the game."
Jannelle Flaws, one of the nation's top scorers, added a goal less than four minutes later off a free kick to give Illinois a 2-0 advantage.
"We came out of Friday's win over Northwestern with some more minor injuries and we talked about in our preparation for today how important it was to defend well today," said Saxton. "It just came down to a couple plays at the end."
Illinois finished with a 17-5 advantage in shots. The Spartans had four in the first half, including a handful of quality opportunities.
"We created some nice chances for our front group," said Saxton. "We countered well, but couldn't get one in and we'll grow from it."
Gabrielle Gauruder finished with three saves for MSU, while Claire Wheatley had two for Illinois.
MSU will host Penn State this Friday at 3 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium in its regular-season finale.
"We're going to finish strong - we've bounced back all year," said Saxton. "We'll honor our lone senior, Kelsey Mullen, the right way."