UNI remains undefeated, shutout E. Illinois 3-0



So far this season, it seems like the UNI women’s soccer team prefer to keep things down to the wire as they played their third straight overtime game on Friday evening. The Panthers, 1-0-2, drew a 1-1 score against Nebraska-Omaha, 0-2-1.

Senior Annie Dale scored just after the 13th minute to bring the early 1-0 lead. This goal marks Dale’s third goal of the season. She became one of three Panthers to score a goal in three consecutive games, joining Chelsie Hochstedler and Nicole Ferlito, who both achieved the same in 2008.

Nebraska-Omaha’s Lydia Holtman scored the equalizer outside the box just before halftime for the 1-1 tie at half.

Neither team was able to score in the second half as the game went to the full 110 minutes, making the final score, 1-1. The Panthers were on top in shots with 18, as well as shots on target with seven.

The Panthers returned home on Sunday as they played Eastern Illinois, this time defeating their opponent, 3-0.

Both teams were held scoreless for most of the first half until Katie Witt broke the spell in the 35th minute to bring out the 1-0 lead.

The second half started with Annie Dale scoring within three minutes of the half to bring the 2-0 lead. Dale’s fourth goal in four consecutive games ties the record held by Hochstedler in 2008.

“She’s a forward that keeps scoring goals,” Coach Price said about Dale. “She’s very confident right now, and that’s a nice trait to have in a forward.”

Even with the big lead, the Panthers were not done yet. Maddie Welch scored within the last two minutes of the game to bring the final score to 3-0.

Other than Dale’s score-tying record, the big aspect was UNI’s defense. They held Eastern Illinois to only five shots for the entire contest.

UNI, 2-0-2, will be back on the road to play the Iowa Hawkeyes, 2-0, on Tuesday at 7 p.m.