October 9, 2016
Fighting Illini stop Michigan State
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Illinois Fighting Illini took their second victory in four days, a 3-1 win over Michigan State, in a Big Ten Conference match Sunday.
Sophomore Patricia George netted twice in the first half and redshirt senior Reagan Robishaw added a 75th-minute goal the Illini (5-9-1 overall, 2-4-1 conference).
"This was certainly a great weekend for us," Illini coach Janet Rayfield said. "This is the kind of team we thought we could be, but we just struggled a little bit on the goal scoring. This weekend we proved that we can score goals and play with the best teams in the conference."
Illinois fired three shots in the first five minutes, holding Michigan State without a shot until the 10th minute. George scored in the 35th minute, firing from just outside the top of the penalty area, then converted off a pass from freshman Kelly Maday.
"It felt amazing," George said. "When I came onto the field, I knew I had to put all my energy into this game. I felt like our offense had a lot of good chemistry on the field today, I think our win against Michigan gave us the push we needed to be able to go out there and win."
The Spartans cut the deficit in the 71st minute. Robishaw scored off a Hope D'Addario corner kick.