Illinois slips at home

Illinois slips at home

By: Charlie Fillenwarth

By: Charlie Fillenwarth

By: Charlie Fillenwarth

   CHAMPAIGN  It is difficult to win on the road in the Big Ten Conference, as the Illinois football team learned Saturday. But on Sunday, the Illinois soccer team found out it''s not easy to win at home.

   Emily Brown scored her seventh goal of the season in the first half, but the Illini lost 4-1 to Michigan. Illinois (7-4, 3-2 Big Ten) dropped to 5-1 at home this season.

   Brown''s goal came on a rebound from a Meghan Kolze shot in the 25th minute. It tied the score after Michele Pesiri scored in the fourth minute for Michigan.

   "(Emily Brown''s) great. She is dangerous no matter where she is on the field," Michigan coach Debbie Belkin Rademacher said.

   Carly Williamson gave the Wolverines a 2-1 halftime lead on assists from Tammy Mitchell and Kacy Beitel.

   UI coach Tricia Taliaferro said her team has work to do.

   "Our overall effort needs to be improved, but give credit to Michigan. They played well," Taliaferro said.

   Michigan added two insurance goals in the second half. Beitel slashed her way through the defense and fired a shot past goalkeeper Annemarie Hennes. One minute later, Erika Kleinholz scored from 35 feet.

   "We need to focus on playing hard for 90 minutes," Kolze said. "We can be a really good team if we learn to do that."

   Illinois had numerous chances but couldn''t get past Michigan goalkeeper Suzie Grech. Lisa Baldwin had a shot from 20 feet hit the crossbar, then Grech made a dazzling save on a shot from Brown five minutes later.

   Grech had 10 saves, seven in the second half. Baldwin, Colleen Joyce, Tiffani Walker and Jennifer Smith had shots saved by the freshman goalkeeper.

   "They were able to get the ball in the back of the net. That''s a big difference," Taliaferro said.

   Illinois finished with 12 shots on goal to Michigan''s nine. The Illini had seven corner kicks, and the Wolverines had two.

   "We''re going back to the basics this week," Taliaferro said. "We''re going to make sure we''re ready for Penn State (Friday night in State College, Pa.)."

Sections (3):Illini Sports, Sports, Soccer
Categories (3):Illini Sports, Soccer, Sports

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