Panthers clinch three-seed in MVC tournament

ELIOT CLOUGH, Sports Writer

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the UNI soccer team put together their second consecutive conference win with a 3-1 victory over the Illinois State Redbirds.

The win catapulted the Panthers from sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) to third, just in time for the conference tournament.

In their win, Jamie Althiser was able to score the lone goal in the first half off a shot by Hannah McDevitt that was deflected. The score came in the 32nd minute.

Sydney Hayden went on to score in the 60th minute off an assist from Julianne Truzzino. She has now moved to fifth in the conference in goals for the season with six netted shots.

Also contributing for the Panthers was senior goaltender Jami Reichenberger, who faced off against 22 shots during the contest and tallied ten saves.

Reichenberger currently leads the Missouri Valley in every statistical category for goaltenders, including goals against average (.954), saves (117), shutouts (6) and saves per game (6.28).

Up next for the Panthers is the first round of the MVC tournament. As of print time, UNI will face off against the Evansville Purple Aces on Oct. 28. The last time these two teams matched up, UNI won in shutout fashion, 3-0.