Oct. 25, 2013
Site: Champaign, Ill. (Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium)
Score: #10 Michigan 2, Illinois 0
Records: U-M (13-2-1, 7-1-1 Big Ten), Illinois (8-7-2, 3-5-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 27 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CDT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Freshman Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) and fifth-year senior Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) scored first-half goals, and freshman Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) made seven saves for her seventh shutout of the season as the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team downed Illinois, 2-0, on a chilly and windy Friday night (Oct. 25) at the Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium. It is also the Wolverines' fifth straight road victory -- all against Big Ten teams -- which is a new program record.
With the win, Michigan kept pace with Nebraska in the Big Ten race. The Cornhuskers defeated Ohio State, 1-0, earlier in the day to remain in first with 24 points (8-1-0). Michigan held serve with the victory over Illinois to stay in second with 22 points (7-1-1). Third-place Penn State lost to Iowa, 3-2, to stay at 18 points (6-3-0) and plays at Nebraska on Sunday (Oct. 27).
Illinois fired four shots in the first 10 minutes of play, including two on frame by the nation's leading goal-scorer, Janelle Flaws. Michigan nearly got on the board in the 22nd minute, when junior Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton) placed a free kick into the box from 25 yards out that skidded just wide of the net.
Two minutes later, Michigan broke the tie on Lewis' fifth goal of the season. Running up the sideline, Lewis received a through ball from senior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and used her speed to slip by a defender. Lewis then went one on one with Illinois goalkeeper Claire Wheatley and grounded a shot inside the left post to put Michigan up 1-0.
Twelve minutes later, the Wolverines struck again on a goal from Hein. A foul was called against Illinois, and senior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) served the free kick into the box and found Hein, who rose above everyone to head the ball into the far post from the center of the penalty area to increase the lead to 2-0 heading into halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, Michigan repelled every Illinois chance, headlined by Bucklin stonewalling Flaws on a point-blank chance in the 80th minute. The Wolverines still had their chances, however. In the 62nd minute, Ezurike found some open space in the box but was swarmed by the Illinois defense, failing to get a touch on the ball with Wheatley on the other side of the goal.
The Wolverines close out the road trip on Sunday (Oct. 27), facing Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The match will begin at 1 p.m. CDT.
Shots: U-M 16, ILL 17
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, ILL 7
Saves: U-M 7 (Taylor Bucklin), ILL 3 (Claire Wheatley)
Corner Kicks: U-M 3 ILL 1
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423