Monday, September 27, 2010

Thorpe helps 0-6 UIS make painful progress

Patience is a virtue, and University of Illinois Springfield women’s soccer player Casey Thorpe has learned it is worth it in the end.

Although at times it has been a bumpy ride, she has been with the program since Day 1 three years ago when UIS played its first match. Had the center midfielder/forward from Collinsville not redshirted that first season, she wouldn’t be on hand right now to witness the gradual improvements the Stars are currently making.

“It was kind of a waiting game,” Thorpe said. “It just takes time for things to fall into place. It takes patience. It has been well worth the wait.”

UIS is showing signs of improvement after a 2-14 season in 2009 that included a stretch of 14 straight games without a goal.

The Stars are 0-6 overall but have avoided being blown out in their first six games. Their last four matches have been decided by a single goal.

Thorpe was featured in a September 24, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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