HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State women's soccer team
earned their first victory over Creighton in program history on Friday night at
Memorial Stadium, defeating the Bluejays by a 3-1 score on Think Pink Night in
coordination with the Wabash Valley Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Indiana State (6-7-1, 1-1 MVC) entered the match with losses in their previous 14 meetings with Creighton (3-8-2, 0-2 MVC) dating back to the start of ISU's women's soccer program in 2000, but snapped that streak with their second straight three-goal performance.
Sophomore Aubrie Musselman opened the scoring for the second straight match, netting her third goal of the season in the eighth minute. Senior Kourtney Vassar began the play with a long cross into the box that junior Taylor Reed won and directed towards Musselman on the right side of the penalty box. Musselman chipped her attempt over the Creighton goalkeeper for the early goal.
Creighton did not waste any time leveling the score, getting their goal in the 12th minute. Alissa Kohmetscher chased down a long corner kick on the right wing before finding Jill Richgels open in the center of the field. Richgels took a shot from 25 yards out that beat freshman goalkeeper Erin Mitchell at the post.
The Sycamores regained the lead in the 37th minute, coming on a spectacular goal from junior Shelby Troyer. An attempted clearance by Creighton bounced once and was set to land again 35 yards away from goal, but Troyer timed her attempt perfectly and sent a shot towards goal that slipped just under the crossbar. The goal was the third of the season for Troyer.
Indiana State led 9-4 in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks at the break, with both sides taking two shots on goal.
Creighton dominated possession for much of the first 30 minutes of the second half, but could never find a way to level the score for a second time.
The Sycamores put the game away in the 84th minute, as Reed scored her third goal of the season. Senior Casey Allbright sent in a free kick from the left wing that found Reed running in the center of the box, where Reed was able to redirect the ball inside the near post for a 3-1 ISU lead.
For the match, Indiana State led 13-9 in shots, 5-3 in shots on goal and 5-3 in corner kicks. Mitchell made two saves in goal for the Sycamores.
Coming into the match, Indiana State had scored just six goals in their 14 previous matches with Creighton, before netting three on Friday. ISU also moves to 5-0 this season when scoring multiple goals in a match.
The last time that ISU scored three goals or more in back-to-back matches was during the 2007 season, when the Sycamores lost 7-3 to Butler on Sept. 11 before winning 4-1 over Howard in a neutral site match in Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 14. It is the 11th time in program history that ISU has scored three goals in back-to-back matches.
Indiana State has the next eight days off from action, returning to the field for their first road contest in MVC play. The Sycamores travel to Normal, Ill., to face the Illinois State Redbirds on Sunday, Oct. 14, with kickoff set for 2:00 p.m. (ET).