CHICAGO – Indiana State women’s soccer dropped a close match Thursday night as UIC defeated the Sycamores 1-0 at Flames Field.
Tara Hoffman made a pair of saves in the early minutes to keep UIC off the board as the Flames offense was active from the start. Hoffman recorded five saves overall in the first half as UIC attempted 15 shots.
Indiana State did not get much going offensively in the first half except for CeCe Wahlberg, who had a great look early in the first half but her shot rolled just right of the post. Corynn DeGroote also recorded a shot attempt late in the half but was wide left.
The Sycamores were outshot 15-2 but Hoffman and the ISU defense stepped up and the match remained tied 0-0 at intermission.
UIC continued their offensive attack out of the gates in the second half, breaking the scoreless tie in the 55th minute as Sophia Jaime found the back of the net on a pass from Makenna Maloy to put the Flames up 1-0.
Outside of the one UIC goal, Tara Hoffman continued her outstanding play in the second half, making seven more saves for a career-high 12 for the match. The Flames recorded 28 shots to the Sycamores four but Hoffman and the ISU defense held their own throughout the match to keep it within one goal.
ISU was held to two shots in the second half but got a nice look from Audrey Stephens in the final minute of the match just outside the box, with her attempt going just over the bar as the Flames held on for a 1-0 victory.
The loss drops the Sycamores to 2-5-2 in MVC play while UIC moves to 4-2-3 on the year.
Indiana State will conclude their regular season on Sunday afternoon with a road contest at Valparaiso with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
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