WIU’s women’s soccer team came into Sunday, September 9th, looking for a momentum building win following a 2-1 victory over UIC the previous Thursday. NIU came in playing a high defensive line and consistently pressuring the ball, and WIU took a hard-fought loss 1-0.
The NIU pressure forced a potent WIU attack into the middle of the pitch, where aggressive midfield play won the day for the Huskies. The pressure and defensive work finally payed off for Northern, when Julia Neary scored her first career goal in the 62’. From there, WIU began furiously attempting to tie the game, as the attacking trio of Jenna Lundgren, Amy Andrews and Zoe Clarke tried their hardest to drive the Leathernecks back into the match.
The efforts were too little too late however, as NIU got a great effort from goalie Julia Lentz, who recorded 7 saves including 3 big ones in the final ten minutes of the game. On the WIU side of goalkeeping, Ines Palmiero Herrera was able to notch her 200th save as she continues to add to an already impressive resumé.
WIU will have its next chance to get back in the win column when they head to Milwaukee for a match with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday, September 12th. The match will begin at 7 PM.