September 19, 2012
RIGHTING THE REDBIRDS
Wronski scores, assists in 2-1 win
NORMAL, Ill. – Aimee Wronski assisted on a first half goal by Kyla Cross, the scored the second half game winner as Illinois State defeated Green Bay 2-1 on Wednesday night.
“A good early start was something that we really stressed coming in,” Illinois State head coach Drew Roff said. “I figured, being at home, there was a good chance we would come out ready to play. Adelaide Street Field is a comfortable place for us, and we have had a lot of success here.”
Wronski’s game-winning goal came in the 78th minute with the match deadlocked at 1-1. The sophomore collected the ball at the top of the penalty arc and shook off a Phoenix defender with some footwork. She then settled the ball and fired a shot by Phoenix keeper Katy Pilarzyk for her first goal of 2012.
Cross opened the game’s scoring in the 22nd minute with her second goal in the last three games. Freshman Lauren Koehl found Wronski with a pass that led her into the area. Wronski drew the defense and keeper before sending a low pass over to Cross, who buried it into the empty net to put ISU up 1-0. The Redbirds have scored first in eight of their 10 games this season.
Despite outshooting the Phoenix 12-4, the Redbirds found themselves tied after 45 minutes due to Hannah Kernen’s goal in the 41st minute. Chanel Aries, one of only two Phoenix seniors, fired a shot from distance that ISU keeper Aryn Newsom had to leap to save. The sprawling play left her out of position, as Kernen easily settled the ball and equalized the game at 1-1.
ISU outshot its opponent for just the second time this season, firing a season high 22 shots compared to 10 from Green Bay. T
Newsom stopped three shots to earn her fourth victory of 2012.
ISU begins Missouri Valley Conference play Sunday, Sept. 23 at Evansville at 1 p.m.