two ejections early in the game, the Scarlet Hawks grinded out a win against SaintFrancisUniversity. The game was played on
Tuesday in Joliet, Illinois. The weather was cool and cloudy,
and the field was undesirable. The Hawks were faced with several obstacles in
the first half, but showed grit and determination to finish off the game with a
game started off disorganized and scrambled.
The ball was played in the air for the majority, and both teams
struggled to keep possession. However, IIT dominated the game, keeping the ball
on the opponent's half and creating many goal-scoring chances. The Hawks had 9
shots and 7 corners while Saint Francis had 4 shots and 0 corners. Mary McCabe
scored the first goal of the match in the 13th minute of the game.
Megan Sarratt had a beautiful corner that landed directly in the path of
McCabe. McCabe placed the ball perfectly into that back of the net. This was
her 9th season goal.
IIT's goal, the match became very aggressive. IIT's Erica Delgado and Saint
Francis' Debbie Rios both received yellow cards 22 minutes into the game. Five minutes later, the referee pulled out a
straight red for IIT's Kay Durbin. Then, just a minute later, the ref showed
Delgado a second yellow leaving the Hawks on the field with only nine players.
The hawks readjusted their formation and scored another goal before half. Emily
Kunkel scored off a set piece 55 yards out in the 38th minute. This
is Kunkel's second goal of the season off of a set piece.
with 2 players down, the Hawks scored 2 more goals in the second half. Megan
Sarratt scored a brilliant goal in the 47th minute from 35 yards
out. The ball sunk right over the goalie into the right corner of the net. The
Hawks continued to pound the net, and Stephanie Salem scored a cheeky goal
right before the 90th minute. This was Salem's 6th goal of the season.
game wasn't necessarily "pretty", but the Hawks got the job done and headed
back to Chicago.
The Hawks now have a record of 8-2 and 3-0 in conference. IIT will play Urbana at 12pm on October 4th in Urbana, Ohio.
GOOD LUCK HAWKS!