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November 7, 2013

ISU women's soccer team looking to make more history at MVC Tournament

Sycamores get three players on first-team All-MVC

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana State women’s soccer team has been making school history this season and it would like to add new moments to its list of accomplishments this weekend.

The second-seeded Sycamores are set to play in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals at Evansville’s Black Beauty Field today when they face No. 6 seed Drake.

The game will kick off at 4:36 p.m. EST and can be seen online at Valley Live.

ISU (9-8-0) earned a first-round bye after defeating the same Bulldogs 1-0 in double overtime in the regular-season finale Oct. 31. Freshman forward Abby Reed scored the only goal in the 104th minute.

“We’re playing them back to back, so we know everything we need to know about Drake,” ISU coach Erika True said of the Bulldogs.

“When we played Drake before, I don’t think we played our best soccer. I think, for us, we have to tidy up a couple things and those are things we focused on [in practice] this week. Drake is a hard-working team that’s pumped up to be in the tournament. … They’re going to run on us if they can. But we’re prepared for them. We’re going to be way more attack-minded than we were the last time we played them.”

That win enabled ISU to secure its first winning regular season and its highest finish in the MVC in program history. The Sycamores own a five-game winning streak headed into today’s contest, one away from tying the longest in school history.

“It’s been a whole season of making history,” True noted Thursday. “That’s what we’ve continued to do within these last few weeks. We’d like to have a winning record through the tournament as well. … This is probably the most confident Indiana State team that I’ve seen since I started coaching this program and they are capable of keeping our season moving forward.”

Reed, the reigning MVC Offensive Player of the Week, leads the team with 20 points and sophomore midfielder Kate Johnson follows closely behind with 17.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals after defeating No. 3 seed Loyola on penalty kicks (4-2) in Chicago on Sunday. They are 3-11-5 overall and led by senior forward Paige Dusek with 12 points as she tied freshman midfielder Rebecca Rodgers with a team-high five goals. Goalie Andrea Swanson, who has seen all their minutes in the cage, owns a .766 save percentage with 95 saves.

The winner of today’s match advances to Sunday’s championship showdown against either No. 1 seed Illinois State or No. 5 Evansville.

Should the two ISU’s end up meeting Sunday, True would not complain. Illinois State won their regular-season matchup by a 2-1 score.

“Illinois State is the most dangerous attacking team in the conference,” she warned. “They are creative and they like to shoot often.”

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