Walker, Frank give Illini soccer boost

Walker, Frank give Illini soccer boost

FAIRFAX, Va. – Tiffani Walker''s late goal and Rachel Frank''s clutch goaltending led Illinois to a 1-0 women''s soccer victory against the host school at Sunday''s George Mason Invitational.
Walker converted a rebound of freshman Laura Redmond''s shot at the 83:24 mark. It was Redmond''s first career assist and Walker''s second goal this season.
Frank, a freshman from Buffalo Grove, was filling in for injured Leisha Alcia (sore hip). She had four saves in her first college win and shutout.
Senior co-captain Meghan Kolze led a defensive effort that limited George Mason to seven shots.
Rachel did a great job for us in goal, UI coach Janet Rayfield said. Having (Kolze''s) leadership and ability in the backfield made a huge difference in this game.
The Illini, who lost on a last-minute goal Friday, kick off Big Ten play next weekend.
This was another hard-fought game, but this time we got the late goal, Rayfield said. It was a great effort by us to come back, fight hard and win a close game because that hadn''t been happening so far this season.
I think this team made a turn in the right direction today.

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