CHICAGO, Ill. - The Illinois Tech women's soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1 NACC) won its second straight match and held onto a share of second place in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference standings on Wednesday with a dominant victory of Marian University (5-9, 2-5 NACC). Tech held the Sabres without a shot in the first half while scoring three times, adding two more late goals to secure the 5-1 win.
How it Happened
- Katie Hoefgen put the Scarlet Hawks ahead early, gathering the ball after a short pass from Caeli Kennedy for the easy score in the sixth minute.
- The Scarlet Hawks peppered Marian keeper Amy Birner with shots, but Birner was able to hold strong until Hoefgen struck again in the 26th minute. Juila Honda took a pass off of a short corner kick and lofted Hoefgen a beautiful pass for her second goal.
- Just even minutes later, Jamie Griggs took a deflection from a cross and fired it past Birner for Tech's third and final tally of the first half.
- More quick-strike offense occurred for Tech in the second half, as Cosette Thompson and Julia Taliana combined to feed each other on goals in a 35 second span.
- In the 64th minute, Taliana found Thompson on a great cross from right to left for the score. Under a minute later, Thompson returned the favor with a pass to the center of the offensive zone, which Taliana converted.
- Marian picked up a late goal courtsey of Allyson VanZeeland to get on the scoreboard.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Hoefgen led the team with nine shots, four shots on goal, and two goals.
- Taliana had six shots, one goal, and one assist.
- Griggs displayed her speed all game, which resulted in six shots, four shots on goal, and one goal.
- Thompson scored on her only shot on net and had an assist as well.
- Honda had a great assist on Hoefgen's second goal.
- Kirsten Robinson was active on offense with six shots.
Stats to Know
- The Scarlet Hawks outshot the Sabres 35-10 overall and 24-0 in the first half.
- Tech took a staggering 17 corner kicks compared to Marian's two.
- Tech's 18 goals over the last two contests is the most in a two-match span since scoring 22 from October 29 through November 2 (5-0 win over Rockford, 17-0 win over Finlandia).
- Tech will play the other school tied with them for second place in the NACC, Concordia-Wisconsin, at home for Senior Night on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Live audio, video, and stats will be available. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.