Illinois boots Mizzou
Freshman forward Emily Brown keeps getting her kicks for the University of Illinois soccer team.
Brown, who scored three goals in the Illini's home victory Wednesday against Washington University of St. Louis, added two more Friday as Illinois defeated Missouri 2-1 at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
"I felt going into the game ... we were the underdogs," UI coach Jillian Ellis said of her second-year program. "We played really well."
Brown scored her first goal unassisted at 13 minutes, 15 seconds and added another goal on a header off a corner kick at 48:12 for a 2-0 Illinois lead.
"A two-goal lead when you're playing an up-and-down (the field) game is not safe," Ellis said.
Missouri, which dropped its fourth consecutive game, trimmed its deficit when Nikki Thole scored her 18th goal of the season on an assist from Erin Grimsley at 57:30.
Illini goalie Amy Bessette and Missouri keeper Jackie Adamec turned in strong performances, Ellis said. Bessette made two saves, and Adamec recorded seven.
"(Adamec) is the best keeper I've seen this year based on her performance," Ellis said.
Both teams attacked throughout the match. Several breakaways were thwarted by the goalies.
UI freshman Lindsay Johnson went one-on-one against Adamec, but the Missouri goalie turned the shot aside.
"I was on the verge of having a heart attack the last two minutes," Ellis said after the Tigers (8-8-1) put five players up front.
The Illini outshot the Tigers 16-11.
Illinois (11-7) closes its regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday at home against Oakland.
The Big Ten Conference tournament starts Nov. 6 in State College, Pa. The Illini, seeded eighth, play regular season champion Penn State in the opening round.
The Nittany Lions defeated Illinois 3-2 on Sept. 20 in Champaign.