Prairie Stars Suffer Heartbreaking Loss in Overtime


Photographs courtesy of Randy E. Blue

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to Truman State University during Sunday’s Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) matchup at Kiwanis Stadium.

     “This was one of the most complete games we put together all season,” UIS coach Erin Egolf said. “The girls competed at a high level and put together some very good soccer. I’m extremely proud of the effort and commitment [on Sunday]. The result is unfortunate because I thought we deserved better, but that’s how this conference goes.”

    During the 19th minute, Addy Hoffman capitalized off passes from Maggie Beem and Hanna Liljegren to give the Bulldogs (12-3-1, 8-3-1) a 1-0 lead.

   The Prairie Stars (3-11-2, 3-9) evened the score 29 minutes into the match when Maggie Juhlin headed in a corner kick from Lauren Griffin.

    UIS took the lead during the 49th minute when Kayla Meyer and Juhlin set up Taylor Mraz for a breakaway goal.

    Leah Bolskar headed in a corner kick from Amelia Coyne 53 minutes into the match to even the score at 2-all.

     During the 78th minute, Liljegren fired a header off a corner kick from Coyne, but UIS goalkeeper Bailey Cross came up with a critical save.  Truman State captured the victory with nine seconds left in the first overtime when Hanna Burke delivered the game-winning goal from the top of the box. Beem and Coyne were each credited with their second assist of the match.

     Juhlin notched eight shots, including two shots on goal. Kayla Meyer, Angela Dagnino and Mraz provided shots on goal. Amanda Meyer, Allison Hackett and Valentina Rodriguez each turned in shots.

   Beth Hopwood served as Truman State’s goalkeeper for 99 minutes, 51 seconds and saved three of the five shots she faced.

   Cross saw eight shots in 99:51 and came up with five saves.

     Truman State outshot UIS by a 19-14 margin and held an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal.

    Griffin is tied for second in UIS Division history with four assists on the season. Among UIS Division II leaders, Juhlin is tied for third in career points (21), tied for fourth in career goals (8), tied for sixth in single-season goals (4), tied for seventh in career assists (5) and tied for eighth in single-season points (9). Mraz is tied for ninth in UIS Division II history with five career goals. Griffin and Kayla Meyer make up parts of a ninth-place tie in UIS Division II history with four career assists.

   The Prairie Stars close out the season with Quincy University (10-5-1, 8-3-1) for a GLVC matchup on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Stadium. “We are looking forward to finishing our season out on Wednesday night against a good Quincy team and we are certainly going to go for it.”