EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Illinois State used a hat trick by Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Hannah Leinert and a total of four second half goals to outlast the Indiana State Women’s Soccer team, 5-0, in the MVC Championship Sunday afternoon. The loss closes the Sycamores’ season with a 10-9-0 overall record and the first winning season in program history.
The two teams played a physical matchup in the first half with Illinois State (14-6-0) leading 1-0 headed into the locker room on a goal by Leinert in the 26th minute. The Sycamores fired of 11 shots with four shots on goal but were unable to find the back of the net.
The Redbirds came out firing in the second half, as Leinert completed the hat trick with goals three minutes apart. Redbirds Ali Farkos and Kyla Cross added to their team total in the 66th and 68th minute to seal their third-straight tournament title.
Senior midfielder Taylor Reed and junior midfielder Emily Chura led the Sycamores with three shots each.
Starting goalie Brittany San Roman had four saves before being replaced by freshman Abby Keller in the 73rd minute. San Roman posted four saves in 72:35 minutes of action.
Despite the loss, the 2013 Indiana State Women’s Soccer team will etch its name into the school record books. This team is the first to complete the season with a winning overall record. In addition, the six-game win streak from Oct. 11-Nov. 10 is tied for the longest win streak in school history.
Freshman forward Abby Reed also set the single season record for goals with 10 in her rookie season.Overall, eight starters are projected to return for the 2014 season.
The Sycamores also placed three on the MVC All-Tournament team in seniors Taylor Reed and Taylor Hancock along with freshman Abby Reed.