UI''s veterans prove worth in tie against Hoosiers
CHAMPAIGN – Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia made 13 saves and defender Sarah Brown scored the team''s goal as Illinois'' women''s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie against visiting Indiana on Sunday.
Indiana scored with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Illinois had three shots in the two extra periods.
"It was obviously a disappointing result, allowing a goal with 15 seconds left," Illinois assistant coach Eric Bell said. "Going into overtime, we thought we played pretty well. It was a good response although it was a bad goal to give up at the time."
Alcia was one of five seniors competing during the UI''s Senior Day.
"We''ve been riding the wave of senior leadership all year," Bell said. "From a leadership standpoint, (the seniors) did very well today. Leisha had an outstanding game defending the goal. She had big saves throughout the game, in the final minutes and in overtime, that kept us in the game."
Illinois (11-4-1) scored when Tara Hurless found Brown, who knocked a header past Indiana keeper Lauren Fabbro in the first half. It was Brown''s second goal of the season and Hurless'' seventh assist.
"This was a typical Big Ten game," Bell said. "It''s a game in which both teams are going to be physically worn out at the end. Indiana came off a double overtime game against Northwestern (Friday). We had a tough game on Friday against Purdue."
The Illini visit Northwestern at 3 p.m. Friday to conclude the Big Ten''s regular season.