November 12, 2016
ISU Redbirds eliminate Michigan Wolverines
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Illinois State earned a penalty kicks win over Michigan after playing the Wolverines to a 2-2 draw in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Championship at U-M Soccer Stadium Saturday night.
The Redbirds (15-5-2), who will visit Duke in the second round, improved their unbeaten streak to 15 games, winning the shootout, 5-4.
Lauren Koehl (37th minute) and Emily Dickman (68th) scored for Illinois State and Jada Dayne (51st) and Nicky Waldeck converted for Michigan (10-6-4).
In penalty kicks, Hannah Rodgers, Kara Morway, Kelli Zickert, Kate Del Fava and Kiley Czerwinski converted for the Redbirds and Abby Kastrol missed the Wolverines’ final attempt.
"It was entertaining from beginning to end,” ISU coach Eric Golz. “My heart is up in my throat a little bit right now, and since I got a Gatorade cooler dumped on me and it's 25 degrees out, I'm probably shaking right now. It was a rollercoaster. There were some extreme highs, in terms of when we scored and put together some really good sequences of soccer, and some extreme lows, when we gave up the lead twice, so it was kind of an up and down rollercoaster that we were on. But through it all, our players found a way.
"We'll appreciate this and we'll enjoy this tonight. But tomorrow, it's back to work."