For Immediate Release
Sept. 5, 2010
Red Devils Roll Past Robert Morris, 5-0
EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College freshman forward Kesli Blankenship (Lowell, Ind./Lowell H.S.) scored the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute and added three assists, while sophomore goalkeepers Sami Williamson (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central H.S.) and Lindsay Coffey (Pekin, Ill./Pekin H.S.) combined to record the fifth shutout in school history in a 5-0 victory over Robert Morris-Springfield, Sunday afternoon at Traister Field.
Blankenship peppered Robert Morris goalkeeper Ava Collins with several shots on target in the early going before her fourth attempt finally found its way to the back of the net in the 22nd minute. The tally was quickly followed by the first career goal from freshman forward Erin Slick (Forreston, Ill./Freeport H.S.) in the 29th minute on an assist from senior midfielder Megan Waggoner (Winnebago, Ill./Winnebago H.S.).
The Red Devils made it 3-0 on the first collegiate goal by senior midfielder Tina Brattin (Bradley, Ill./Bradley-Bourbounnais H.S.) with just 3:36 left before halftime. Brattin, who was appearing in her 51st career match, quickly deposited a rebound off a shot from Blankenship into the back of the net.
Freshman Liz Johnson (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth H.S.) became the third Red Devil to score for the first time when she took a feed from Slick and Blankenship and scored in the 62nd minute. Junior defender Kelsey Baruzzini (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) finished the scoring with a 79th minute goal on a breakaway, her third career tally and first since a Sept. 9, 2009 victory over Knox.
Williamson stopped the only shot she saw in net in the first 45 minutes before playing the final 28 minutes of the match as a defender. Coffey made two stops in the second half as the duo combined for Eureka’s first shutout since a 3-0 blanking of Blackburn on Oct. 17, 2009.
The Red Devils controlled possession for a large portion of the match and held a 33-10 advantage in shots. Blankenship set a new school record with 17 shot attempts during Sunday’s match, breaking the previous record of 16 shots taken by K.T. Zapushek on Oct. 6, 2007 against Blackburn. Toni Johnson took five shots to lead the visitors.
Eureka will hit the road for its next four matches, starting with a 5 p.m. non-conference match at Coe on Saturday, Sept. 11.
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