Tribune-Star staff report
Omaha, Neb. —
Indiana State’s women saw their 2012 soccer season come to an end Sunday night, falling in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship match to Illinois State 5-1 at Morrison Stadium.
Indiana State finished the 2012 season with an 8-10-3 record and matched the 2008 squad for the best tournament finish in program history.
Indiana State and Illinois State (13-4-2) traded spells of dominant possession early in the match. The Redbirds fired six shots in the first 10 minutes of action before the Sycamores did a good job holding the ball over the next 15 minutes.
In those 15 minutes in the middle of the first half, sophomores Aubrie Musselman and Bria Caldwell combined for three shots with two being on goal.
The Redbirds took the lead in the 26th minute, as two-time MVC Player of the Year Rachel Tejada scored her third goal of the tournament.
Illinois State’s Anna Stinson crossed a ball into the penalty box where, after several deflections, Tejada chipped a shot into the back of the net to give the Redbirds the lead.
Illinois State added two unassisted goals 80 seconds apart later in the first half. Stinson scored on a free kick that hit the crossbar and just edged over the goal line in the 35th minute and Lauren Koehl made it 3-0 in the 37th minute. The Redbirds led 16-3 in shots and 8-2 in shots on goal at the break.
Indiana State came out strong in the second half, as freshman Elle Steele got the Sycamores on the board just one minute and 45 seconds into the second half. Musselman took a shot that was blocked, with the deflection leading Steele into the right side of the penalty box where the freshman scored inside the back post to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Sycamores continued to press forward early in the second half, nearly scoring on a free kick in the 64th minute by junior Taylor Reed. Reed hit a free kick from 20 yards out in the center of the field, with her shot dipping over the Illinois State wall and hitting the crossbar before bouncing into the center of the box. Sophomore Emily Chura sent a header back on goal, but the Illinois State goalkeeper was able to make the save.
Illinois State secured their second straight tournament victory with two more goals, coming from Aimee Wronski (72nd minute) and Kyla Cross (83rd minute). Tejada, the Tournament MVP, assisted on both goals to close out the match.
For the match, the Redbirds led 26-12 in shots, 12-5 in shots on goal and 3-2 in corner kicks.
Caldwell led the team with four shots, while Musselman took three attempts. Steele’s goal was her third of the season, with Musselman earning her first assist.
Indiana State earned three MVC all-tournament selections: Caldwell, Reed and Kourtney Vassar.