Hello Again Fans,
I am happy to report back to you after a successful 2-0 weekend versus Northwestern and Illinois!
In what started out as a rainy and dreary looking day for a game turned into a beautiful Friday night with perfect weather for a game. The rain had stopped and the temperature was nice and cool, which helped us to put on a "finishing frenzy" as our coaches like to call it. We won 4-0 with two goals each from Maya Hayes and Ali Schaefer, with both of Schaefer's goals coming off set pieces!
For us, scoring off set pieces has been a major focus this year so to put two away on set pieces in one game was a big accomplishment for us. These were Maya's 14th and 15th goals of the season, making her the leading scorer in the country! These were Schaefer's first goals of the season and celebrated in style with a chest bump with our manager Kyle. This was a great result to open our home Big Ten matches, which we continued with a win on Sunday as well.
Although, we did not perform at our highest we were able to gut it out and get the win off another set piece goal by Ali Schaefer! Illinois was a tough team that came out on fire, especially in the first 20 minutes and battled for all 90 minutes. Yet, we were on the greatest field in the country and knew we had to battle and scrap to protect Jeffery Field!
It has been a very busy week with having four games in eight days, but this tough stretch isn't over yet. This Thursday and Sunday, we have two more games against some of the top teams in the Big Ten and some of our biggest rivals, Ohio State and Minnesota. Ohio State is coming to Jeffery Field tomorrow in our "Code Blue" game, and after a 1-0 overtime loss last year, we are out for some revenge, especially at home! Then we travel to one of the tougher places to play in the Big Ten in Minnesota. There have been many close games there, including the last time we played there in 2009 when we scored the game winner with just 10 seconds left in the match. So, before we start another stretch of road games, come out to our game Tomorrow Night at 7 p.m. as we take on the Buckeyes in a pivotal Big Ten match!