BENSENVILLE, IL - The Illinois Tech Women's Soccer team outplayed No.22 Robert Morris for much of the game on Saturday but was left on the wrong end of a controversial 3-1 decision.
The Scarlet Hawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 7th minute when senior midfielder Lauren Wissman headed home a great set piece from freshman Hailey Kunkel.
Robert Morris evened the score in the 31st minute on a glancing header by Tavia Anderson on a corner kick. It was a back and forth defensive affair for the rest of the first half as both teams were limited to just 2 shots.
Controversy reigned during a ten-minute segment of the second half. In the 58th minute, Illinois Tech forward Marit Tundal was clearly taken down in the box on a break-away. The Robert Morris defender was shown a red card and the Scarlet Hawks were readying for a penalty shot. Inexplicably, the official changed the call to a yellow card and moved the ball out of the box for a Scarlet Hawks set piece.
Instead of being up a player and most likely up a goal on the resulting penalty, the Scarlet Hawks and all that were in attendance were left stunned. To rub salt into the wound, Robert Morris was awarded a soft penalty in the 69th minute.
Robert Morris converted the spot kick to make the score 2-1.
The Scarlet Hawks were left to press the game and would concede a late goal to finish the scoring at 3-1.
Amy Arnhart made four saves in goal for the Scarlet Hawks. Robert Morris held a slight 10-8 edge in shots for the game.
The Scarlet Hawks complete a great season and have reason to look forward to next year with 7 starters and several prominent reserves returning. Here's a few of the achievements from this season:
- School record five game conference unbeaten streak (4 wins, 1 draw)
- Defeated No. 20 Robert Morris 1-0 in regular season
- Defeated conference rival Saint Xavier for the first time in the history of IIT women's soccer
- Finished with 5 wins and 1 draw in CCAC play; 5th place finish behind four Top 25 teams
Illinois Tech seniors Sam Cosenza, Noel Deis, Grace Durbin, Kay Durbin, Emily Tilton and Lauren Wissman have all had a lasting impact on the soccer program and university.
November 5, 2011
Robert Morris #22 W 1 - 2 3
Illinois Tech L 1 - 0 1
1. 7:31 IIT Wissman, Lauren (Kunkel, Hailey)
2. 31:56 RMUWS Anderson, T (Carlton, N)
3. 69:40 RMUWS Barrera, M Penalty kick
4. 84:22 RMUWS Dadson, F (Ebel, L)