The Illinois State soccer team closed out its nonconference schedule Sunday with a 1-0 win over Western Illinois at Macomb. The Redbirds improved to 5-5-2 while the Leathernecks fell to 1-10-0.
"This was a necessary result to build momentum as we wrap up our non-conference season," said head coach Brad Silvey. "Multiple wins and shutouts on the weekend should provide some quality traction to attack this next week."
ISU posted its second straight 1-0 victory. The Redbirds beat Missouri-Kansas on Friday.
ISU dominated possession against Western throughout the first half, outshooting WIU 9-4, but could not dent the Leathernecks' net.
Things turned quickly in the second half as Angel Krell netted the game-winner just 2½ minutes into the period. Krell took a feed from Mikayla Unger inside the 6-yard line, turned and fired a shot into the top corner of the net past Western goalkeeper Jennifer Currie for her third goal of the season.
The Redbirds kept up the pressure throughout the second half, outshooting the Leathernecks 22-7 on the match with 12 of those shots on goal. ISU keeper Haley Smith needed to make only two saves to pick up her second shutout of the weekend and sixth of the season.
Illinois State returns home to Adelaide Street Field on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Illinois-Chicago.
Men's golf tied for seventh: The IWU men's golf team is tied for seventh after Sunday's opening 36 holes of the 12-team Gordin Collegiate Classic at Delaware Golf Club in Delaware, Ohio.
The Titans had a first-day score of 32-over 600 (307-293) led by freshman Rob Wuethrich's 4-over 146, which was good for a share of ninth place heading into Monday's final 18 holes.
Texas-Tyler is the team leader at 579 while Jared Chinn of Methodist and George Toone of Texas-Tyler sit atop the individual leaderboard at 1-under 141.