Prairie Stars top Judson Eagles 1-0

Women’s soccer off to 3-0 start under Egolf

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Photographs courtesy of Tiffany Chin

Forward Karisa Rogers avoids Eagles defender Margaret Rivera

Zach Lebovitz, Sports Reporter

On Wednesday afternoon, the UIS women’s soccer team flew higher than the Judson University Eagles, winning by a score of 1-0.

The game was a scoreless deadlock throughout regulation, but during overtime Maggie Juhlin scored the game-winning goal with a cross assist from Karisa Rogers.

Erin Egolf, former UIS soccer player, three-year assistant coach, and now interim head coach led the Prairie Stars.

UIS goalkeeper Courtney Johnson was only challenged twice during the entire game, illustrating the lockdown Prairie Star defense.

Overall, the team had 30 shots, 15 of which were on goal. Macy Martin led the shot stats with eight overall, Rogers had six, and Juhlin managed a pair, one of which was the game-winning goal.

On her first season so far as head coach, Egolf said, “It’s an absolute blast. When you have a great group of girls and an administration that supports you it makes your job easy.”

“These girls come to practice every day ready to work, […] and we’re approaching the point where we are finally getting to know each other and getting into our groove,” Egolf added. “So it’s just been a blast so far, learned a lot, and I’m looking forward to what the season has to hold for us.”

Egolf later said that her key players of today’s game were, “Maggie Juhlin for the game-winning goal and great defense; Karisa Rogers, she was dangerous in the attack; Macy Martin again for the dangerous attack, a lot of opportunities that just didn’t go in.”

She added, “Emma Williams and Jasmine Rae are two holding mids, they just won the battle of the midfield for us and were just great in there. We had a lot of girls step up today and I’m really proud of them for pulling out the win.”

Juhlin also commented on how she felt the game went, saying, “I thought we played really well. We were kind of slow in the beginning, took us a lot to get things going. We dominated the whole game, just couldn’t finish anything.”

“Towards the last 10 minutes of the regulated time game we finally picked things up, just couldn’t put one in. Then we did that in overtime and finally got the goal.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming schedule, Egolf said, “Moving forward we have our 15 conference games left, our three regular season games are out of the way and it was nice to go 3-0 for those.”

It won’t be easy, though, according to Egolf. “From here on out the GLVC is the best Division II conference for women’s soccer, so every game…is going to be a battle. So it’s just getting your mind right, getting ready to play Friday and Sunday making sure you’re healthy and ready to go.”

Despite that, Egolf is confident moving forward. “You know, I think the girls are ready to make some noise in the conference.”