No one has scored against this year’s soccer team

Sarah Brandt (24) received the MVC offensive POTW.

DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

The UNI women’s soccer team came out kicking, making their opponents scream with rage just three games into the regular season. Only two goals have been scored on this new and improved Panther soccer team, and each happened during an exhibition game against Minnesota State.

The Panther defense shut out their first three opponents on the road, while their offense has scored a total of nine goals this season. The women’s team beat Chicago State 5-0, Nebraska-Omaha 2-0, and just recently beat South Dakota with a final score of 2-0.  Next, they will have their home opener against North Dakota State on the first of September to kick off Labor Day weekend.

This is only the third time that the women’s soccer team has started with a perfect 3-0 record. The team achieved this feat in 2003, 2012 and now 2017.

South Dakota (now 0-4) was set to host the Panthers at FB&T Soccer Complex in Vermillion, South Dakota. 432 eager fans were in attendance and saw the Panthers win their third consecutive game on the road.

The scoring started off early for UNI; Sarah Brant was assisted by Brynell Yount for the first goal of the game, but it was her second of the season. Brant scored just around the 10:50 minute mark, sniping the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. At 45 minutes, the first period came to an end, and not another goal was scored by either team.

The Panthers put the nail in the coffin with eight minutes left in the game. This time, Brant assisted Yount for her third goal of the season. She placed it in the bottom right corner after an initial shot was blocked.

UNI took 19 total shots with nine being on goal, while South Dakota took 16, only three of which were actually close. Of their three close shots, goalie Jami Reichenberger saved all of them. This season, Reichenberger has faced 34 shots, nine of which were on goal, and she’s stopped all of them. Nothing has gotten past her and she is a key factor to the Panthers’ three shutouts.

So far this season, Yount has scored three goals and Brant has two. Hannah McDevitt, Sydney Hayden, Jordyn Rolli and Jamie Althiser all have one. Brant has actually been named the MVC Offensive Player of the Week due to her efforts on the field.

North Dakota State (NDSU) will come to Cedar Falls with their record of 0-4.

NDSU just recently came off a hard loss to Utah, with a final score of 0-9. The Bison’s have not scored a single goal this year in the regular season.