The Illinois State Redbirds and Western Illinois Leathernecks have agreed to proceed their longstanding soccer collection in 2024, each colleges have introduced.
Illinois State and Western Illinois are each present members of the Missouri Valley Soccer Convention (MVFC), however Western Illinois might be departing subsequent summer time to hitch the Ohio Valley Convention (OVC). The Leathernecks’ soccer program will compete within the Large South-OVC Soccer Affiliation, which is a partnership between the Large South Convention and the OVC.
The 2 colleges met for the ultimate time as convention mates on Saturday at WIU’s Hanson Subject in Macomb, In poor health., with the Redbirds popping out on prime, 34-18.
“We’re excited to proceed our longstanding collection with Western Illinois in 2024,” ISU Interim Director of Athletics Dr. Jeri Beggs stated. “The continuation of this collection as a part of our on-going non-conference scheduling makes lots of sense for everybody concerned. I do know our coaches and student-athletes will benefit from the rivalry persevering with, as I’m positive our followers and alumni will as nicely. These two soccer packages have storied traditions, and I do know we’re all glad this piece of these legacies will proceed subsequent 12 months and into the long run.”
Illinois State and Western Illinois will subsequent meet on the gridiron in September 2024, presumably at ISU’s Hancock Stadium in Regular, In poor health. An actual date was not introduced. The 2 colleges are additionally seeking to “proceed the collection for a number of years sooner or later.”
“It is a nice in-state rivalry which we need to proceed, as each our schedules would enable,” Western Illinois Director of Athletics Paul A. Bubb stated. “Whereas our schedules don’t enable us to play yearly, over the subsequent 12 years we are going to face one another six occasions.”
Illinois State and Western Illinois first met on the gridiron in 1904 and have performed each season since 1923. Regardless of the loss on Saturday, the Leathernecks nonetheless maintain a one-game benefit within the collection, 52-51-3.