Illinois dumps its slump
Illinois State was in the wrong place at the wrong time Sunday afternoon.
The Redbirds were in the way of a hungry Illinois women's soccer team, who wasted no time in ending a three-game scoreless streak.
Lindsay Johnson scored the first of her two goals by putting the ball in the net three minutes, 44 seconds into the match to erase the dubious streak.
The Illini went on to defeat the Redbirds 4-1 on Senior Day in Champaign.
"It was nice to score early and get over this mini-slump," coach Tricia Taliaferro said. "(With a few injuries), we've been able to give a lot ot people some opportunities, and we've still been able to play at a high level."
Emily Brown, who returned to the lineup after sitting out a game because of a red card, came off the bench to score her 14th goal of the season to tie Lisa Baldwin's school single-season goals record.
Brown was assisted by senior Kelly Buszkiewicz, who added to her school career assist record with No. 18 in the Illini's final home game of the season.
"Kelly Buszkiewicz has been there from the beginning," Taliaferro said. "She has been the centerpiece with which we've built our program and been a great leader."
Brown later broke the record at the 74:51 with an assist from freshman Heather Nadeau.
The Redbirds, who drop to 13-2-1, received their lone score from Christina Gutierrez to tie it at 1-1.
The 10-6-2 Illini travel to Colorado next weekend for two nonconference games against Colorado College and the University of Denver.
Kanda in control.
Illinois freshman Laurin Kanda carded a 3-over-par 75 and is 1 stroke behind the co-leaders after Sunday's first round of the Hatter Fall Invitational in DeLand, Fla.
Renata Young shot 79 and is one of five golfers tied for 12th. The Illini are tied for eighth in a 14-team field.
"Laurin played extremely steady golf today," coach Paula Smith said. "She's not like a freshman, she plays like a veteran and she will focus on playing the course in the final round and not worry about the standings."
The Invitational's final round was played today.
Senior Jeff Laski outlasted Western Michigan's Ryan Tomlinson 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to improve his tournament singles mark to 4-0 on Sunday, the final day of the First Federal Invitational at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana.