Soccer team improves to 11-3-1

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Soccer team improves to 11-3-1

Hannah McDevitt (8) dribbles and looks to score.

Hannah McDevitt (8) dribbles and looks to score.

GABRIELLE LEITNER

Hannah McDevitt (8) dribbles and looks to score.

GABRIELLE LEITNER

GABRIELLE LEITNER

Hannah McDevitt (8) dribbles and looks to score.

JERRIUS CAMPBELL, Sports Writer

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The Drake Bulldogs handed the Panthers their third loss of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The women’s team could not stop the Bulldogs, allowing two goals in the first period of their contest at Cownie Stadium in Des Moines.

UNI had only one save in the first period and had zero goals to match the Bulldogs. Cassie Rohen scored the first goal for Drake in the 35th minute of the first period. As the game moved forward, the Panthers showed some life and scored their first goal of the game in the 87th minute by forward Jenny Wick; the assist came from Hannah McDevitt.

The Bulldogs added another goal before the end of the game and the second goal was scored by Rebecca Rodgers. This would be enough to hold off the Panthers for the rest of the game. Drake looked to keep their seven-game win streak alive after their big home win against the Panthers.

After falling to the Bulldogs, the Panthers bounced back and traveled to Indiana to take on Valparaiso University. The scoring started quickly for the Panthers; from eight yards out, in just the 13th minute of the game, Sydney Hayden was assisted by forward Sarah Brant. The Crusaders responded with a goal of their own, by Cory Griffith, in the 22nd minute of the game.

In the first period, goalkeeper Jami Reichenberger allowed one goal and had one save as well. After the first period, both defenses greatly improved their game. The Panthers would take eight shots at the goal, but none of them reached the back net. On the other hand, the Crusaders only took two shots in the second period.

The game eventually reached an overtime effort, and the Panthers ended up on top after a big goal by Allison Bitter in the 95th minute to take the win. The team moves ahead with a record of 11-3-1 and will play Loyola University on Saturday in Chicago.

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