UNI and Valpraiso end match in scoreless tie


The UNI women’s soccer team traveled to Valparaiso, Ind. to face off against the Beacons of Valparaiso University last Sunday. These two teams have very little history, but the match was highly anticipated. The Panthers won the last match 1-0, on March 28, 2021 in Cedar Falls. The Panthers, who are looking to secure a bid into the MVC tournament this month, were looking for a big win to help secure their spot. A win over Valpo would have put them one game ahead of Drake for the final spot in the standings.

This match went back and forth with neither team able to break through into the scorer’s column, resulting in overtime with the score tied at zero.  In overtime, neither team gained any leverage, ending the match with a tie. During the game the teams traded shots back and forth with both goalkeepers allowing very little ground with a combined 16 saves.  Six of those saves took place during overtime.  

 The Panthers showed a great effort as sophomore goalie Chloe Russo led them with seven saves. Russo’s resiliency kept the UNI alive, not allowing the Beacons any breathing room. The Purple and Gold gave the Beacons several opportunities with a game high 11 fouls.  However, Valparaiso wasn’t able to capitalize on these mistakes.    

Forward Lauren Heinsch came out very aggressive for the Panthers with a team high six shot attempts. The freshman standout took the first shot of the game looking to bring some momentum to the Panthers side. Heinsch clocked in 99 minutes of playing time for the day.  

UNI will return home to face Southern Illinois for their final home game of the season.  The last time these two teams met the Panthers won in a shutout 5-0. Game time is set for Saturday, October 21, 2021, at 1 p.m.