UNI ties third consecutive match against Drake



Siri Ott (16) scored UNI’s only goal during their 1-1 tie against Drake on Thursday. After their third straight tie, the Panthers have a record of 4-5-4 on the season, 1-2-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor

A highly contested matchup on Thursday between the UNI Panthers and in-state rivals Drake ended in the third straight tie for UNI. This game was filled with a lot of physicality between the two teams with UNI totalling 13 fouls and the Bulldogs tallying 17 fouls. This is one of the first times in several years that the Panthers have tied in three straight matches. 

UNI played a very aggressive first half against the Bulldogs. The team was very methodical with each pass, constantly looking for the chance to strike. They were relentless on their shots, consistently attempting to break the defense down with their multiple shot attempts. The first half remained scoreless for both the Panthers and the Bulldogs as both teams looked to score in the next 45 minute period of play. 

The Panthers were seeking out their opportunity to score against the Bulldogs towards the beginning of the second half. Both UNI and Drake were extremely competitive on the offensive side of the ball with both teams combining for five shots in the first eight minutes of the second half. Drake was the first to score as Meghan Brown got a quick one over on the Panthers in the 58th minute. The Panthers would not stay down for long, however. Forward Sophia Meier connected with the back of the net after an assist from fellow forward Lauren Heinsch to tie the game up in the 66th minute. The Panthers would remain the aggressors against the resilient Bulldogs with even more shots on goal for the remainder of the second half. However, the game would remain at a standstill resulting in both teams getting yet another tie on the season. 

The Panthers offensive brigade was in full force with eight different players getting shot attempts resulting in a resounding 15 for UNI. Both Heinsch and Allison Whitaker tallied three shot attempts against Drake solidifying the sheer physicality and aggression the Panthers showcased in this contest. This was yet another impressive game for the Panthers despite their inability to pick up the win.