It only takes one: Feher delivers winner

It only takes one: Feher delivers winner

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Illinois outshot Oakland 23-3 through the first 90 minutes of Sunday’s nonconference game. Seven of those shots were on goal. None found the back of the net.

The Illini kept up their offensive pressure in overtime, and junior Amy Feher delivered the golden goal in the 98th minute to give Illinois a 1-0 victory against the Grizzlies and its third straight win.

Despite Illinois’ advantage on the offensive end, the Illini couldn’t find a hole in Oakland goalkeeper Alison Holland’s defense. Holland made 10 saves before allowing Feher’s game-winner. Among them were stops of consecutive shots on goal from Jannelle Flaws and Nicole Breece two minutes before Feher scored her first goal of the season and her first career game-winner.

Illinois got its 29 total shots from 11 different players. Flaws’ seven were most for the Illini, but all three of her shots on goal were stopped.

Defensively, Illinois’ back line limited Oakland to four shots and one corner kick.

The Illini have allowed just four goals through four games this season — a marked improvement from last fall when they had given up 11 goals after four games.

Illinois used two goalkeepers again after Claire Wheatley played the full 90 minutes in Friday’s win against Arizona State. Wheatley started and played the first half against Oakland before giving way to Michelle Denley. Denley played the second half and overtime and made one save.

Illinois (3-1-0) will return to action this weekend with a pair of games at the College of Charleston Cup in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The Illini will play the host Cougars on Sept. 5 and Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 7.

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