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Women’s Soccer Cruises Past Chicago State

Ashlin West
Ashlin West

CHICAGO – The SIUE women's soccer team upended Chicago State 6-1 Friday afternoon in the battle of the Cougars. SIUE improves to 1-3 on the season while Chicago State falls to 0-3-1.

"Today was positive for our development," SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton said. "We had so much playing time spread around and on top of that, really positive contributions from a lot of players."

SIUE started quickly by scoring two goals in the first ten minutes of play. In the eighth minute, Ashlin West scored the first goal of her SIUE career off an assist from Alexis Royal.

Two minutes later, SIUE freshman Amanda DiNardo scored her second goal of the season.

Chicago State picked up a goal in the 16th minute when Lola Arreola scored off an assist by Bailey Holifield.

SIUE scored their third goal of the first half when Allison Wendt scored her first goal of the season in the 32nd minute.

The first half was controlled by SIUE with 16 shots, 10 on goal, compared to three for Chicago State.

It didn't take long for SIUE to continue their scoring ways in the second half. SIUE midfielder Becca Jostes scored her first goal of the season in the 50th minute off a Courtney Benning assist.

In the 72nd minute, Avery Anderson scored for SIUE off an assist from Ashley Guardado.

SIUE's sixth and final goal came from Wednt, who recorded her second goal of the day in the 84th minute. Anderson was credited with the assist.

"It's always nice to score goals," Burton added. "We created a whole lot of chances with our defending. The next step is to get a bit more clinical with our finishing."

SIUE outshot Chicago State 32-4, with 18 of the shots being on goal. This is the first time since 2016 that the Cougars have recorded over 30 shots in a game.

Guardado and Wendt both recorded five shots each for SIUE. Kayla Klipsch and West took four shots apiece for the Cougars.

Krista McMahan stepped into the goalie position for the Cougars after SIUE starting goalkeeper Jensen Schoch obtained a red card against Saint Louis, forcing her to sit out the next game. McMahan recorded three saves and only allowed the one goal.

"Our individual defending and ball pressure was very good today," Burton said. "It's starting to be more consistent and we are getting it to the level we need."

The Cougars will be back in action Sunday when they travel to Champaign, Illinois, for a 1 p.m. kickoff against Illinois. This will be the first meeting between the Cougars and Fighting Illini since 1982.

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