NORMAL — The Illinois State women’s soccer team has publicly made available the conference schedule for the upcoming 2021 season. Due to mitigations surrounding COVID-19, the fall 2020 season would not happen. Brad Silvey is in his fourth season as head coach. Silvey is looking to improve upon an impressive 14-6, 6-1 run last season. That performance would result in the Redbirds making it to the Missouri Valley Conference soccer championship game.
“We are extremely grateful, appreciative, and excited to have a full game schedule for the spring of 2021,” Silvey states. “This fall season, although different and unique, has provided countless moments of growth across our program.”
“The fact that we will now get to showcase our growth this spring and provide our student-athletes with a championship season is just an incredible opportunity,” Silvey adds.
What to expect from the upcoming Redbird season
The Redbirds will face eight conference foes this spring. Conference play will begin on February 27 with a trip to Evansville, IN to face the Aces. Along with Evansville, the team will make trips to Drake (March 10), Loyola (March 21), and Southern Illinois (April 3).
The Redbird home stands at Adelaide Street Field include three March dates and an April date. The first will be on March 5 against Missouri State, followed by Indiana State on March 13. Northern Iowa will be coming to Normal on March 25 for their match. Valparaiso will end the home game season on April 7.
Some familiar faces are in the lineup this season. Starters and All-MVC honorees Ashley Santos, Abby Basler, and Natalie Vaughn-Low will be back in action. Joining them will be 11 incoming freshmen.
In accordance with state and local guidelines, there will be no fan attendance for any Illinois State home games. However, depending on evolving mitigation changes, this could change to allow for limited capacity. Depending on positive COVID cases, game dates, opponents, times, and locations are subject to change.
Lady Redbirds conference schedule
|February 27, 2021 (Saturday)||5:00 PM||Away||Evansville||Evansville, Ind.|
|March 5, 2021 (Friday)||4:00 PM||Home||Missouri State||Normal, Ill.|
|March 10, 2021 (Wednesday)||7:00 PM||Away||Drake||Des Moines, Iowa|
|March 13, 2021 (Saturday)||2:00 PM||Home||Indiana State||Normal, Ill.|
|March 21, 2021 (Sunday)||1:00 PM||Loyola Chicago||Rockford, Ill. / Sportscore|
|March 25, 2021 (Thursday)||4:00 PM||Home||UNI||Normal, Ill.|
|April 3, 2021 (Saturday)||6:00 PM||Away||Southern Illinois||Carbondale, Ill.|
|April 7, 2021 (Wednesday)||5:00 PM||Home||Valparaiso||Normal, Ill.|
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