Panthers split weekend matches vs. Aces, Roos

COLIN HORNING, Sports Editor

The UNI women’s soccer team had a pair of matches over the weekend in Cedar Falls, with Friday’s game serving as the MVC opener against the University of Evansville Purple Aces and Sunday playing host to the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos. The Panthers fell to Evansville on Friday by the score of 2-0, but were able to bounce back on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over UMKC.

The first matchup of the weekend against Evansville saw the game tied at zero heading into halftime. The second half of the match was huge for the Aces’ Abby Phelps, as she knocked in a penalty kick for the first goal of the contest in the 50th minute of play. Phelps would strike again in the 61st minute off of a corner kick to put the Aces up 2-0, a lead which they would hold for the remainder of the game. 

UNI took 18 total shots in the game, nine of which came on goal, while Evansville only had nine total shots for the match, with six of those coming on goal. 

The second match of the weekend proved to be quite a turnaround for the Panther women, as they took the victory with a 2-0 shutout. 

Maddie Eastus got the scoring started for UNI in the 37th minute off of an assist from Ashley Harrington, putting Northern Iowa up 1-0. Kennedy Reiken knocked in another goal for the Panthers in the 83rd minute, sealing the 2-0 win for UNI over the Roos.