Panthers tie for fourth straight match



Lauren Heinsch (9) was one of four Panthers to manage a shot on goal on Sunday. All but one of those shots was saved.

BEN LAHART, Sports Writer

The UNI women’s soccer team traveled to Carbondale, Ill. last weekend to play the Southern Illinois University Salukis. After 90 minutes of play the teams sat at 1-1 and finished in a tie. This marks UNI’s fourth straight tie and pushes their record to 4-5-5.

The Panthers started off the game hot as goalkeeper Brittney Bentheimer had two saves in the first eight minutes. The first shot from UNI came in the 11th minute, and was a goal scored by midfielder Siri Ott. This was Ott’s only shot of the game. UNI had another shot on goal in the 52nd minute from Caroline Hazen that was saved by SIU’s goalkeeper Maddy Alaluf. Southern Illinois had four more shots in the first period, a total of six, none of which were at the goal. 

In the second half, the Salukis once again started off with two quick shots on goal. The first came in the 56th minute from forward Sam Dodd but was saved from scoring by Bentheimer. In the 63rd minute of the contest, Southern Illinois scored their first goal off the leg of forward Emma Spotak tying the game at 1-1. The Panthers had two more good chances to retake the lead in the 70th and 81st minutes. First was Sophia Balistreri’s shot that was saved by Alaluf. Then Lauren Heinsch’s kick was saved once again by Alaluf for her third save of the game. In the 82nd minute Dodd had the final shot on goal for the afternoon that was saved by Bentheimer once more. 

For the game UNI took nine total shots, with four being at the goal and only one making it past Alaluf. On the other side, SIU only had five shots on goal out of their 14 total shots and also had one goal. Bentheimer finished the game with four saves.

The Panthers will travel to the University of Illinois Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 13 for their next competition. This game will start at 6 p.m. The next chance to catch the team at home will be the following Thursday, Oct. 20 as they play Murray State starting at 3 p.m.