CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois soccer team fired 34 shots at St. Charles on Sunday afternoon, but only one counted.
Freshman Lisa Baldwin scored the Illini's lone goal at the 78-minute mark, but the UI lost 2-1 at the First and Stadium Multiplex.
Baldwin, a Lindenhurst, N.Y., native, is 1 of 13 freshman for coach Jillian Ellis' squad, which returns nine letter-winners from last year.
"Today was a good opportunity for us to see players in different positions," Ellis said. "It gives us a great point from which to build.
"It's now a matter of developing a better team understanding on the field. Overall, I'd say it was a great day. We had a great turnout for media day, perfect weather and a competitive match."
Fan Appreciation Day attracted a crowd of about 250, who were allowed to collect autographs from the Illini players and coaches before the game.
The crowd saw the Illini outshoot St. Charles, the top club team in the state, 34-9 and have a 9-0 advantage on corner kicks.
But St. Charles' Becky Myers scored the first goal at 50:10, and Sarah Lynch gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage at 68:21.