Bourbonnais, IL – Goalkeeper Roxanne Myers led the Illinois Tech women's soccer team as they traveled to Olivet Nazarene University, 2012 NAIA national runner-up, for a Saturday evening match. The Hawks knew they had their work cut out for them with all of the offensive weapons that the Tigers possess. They did not back down from the challenge, however, only allowing one goal in the 90 minutes for a 1-0 loss.
Playing a more defensive-minded style in the first half, Myers and the Hawks only allowed one of 19 shots to slip by which gave the Tigers their 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. They would then hold them scoreless for the remainder of the match with Myers making 18 saves on the day. The Hawks then made some changes late in the match looking for an equalizer. They had a couple of late attempts which had the potential to send the match to overtime but Tiger goalkeeper Sarah Vrosh came up with the necessary stops.
"We came in with a tactical plan to deny them from getting in behind us and we executed that plan," explained head coach Ahmet Kose. We knew we were going to give up shots but we had confidence in Roxanne if we forced them to shoot from longer ranges. It was a great effort by our players. I'm incredibly proud of the work ethic that was displayed tonight."
The Scarlet Hawks look to close out the season with their final 3 regular season matches coming up. First they take on St. Xavier University on Tuesday October 29th at Stuart Field.