Women’s soccer drops two more

By Marcel Carrasco

NIU fell to an 0-4 record in conference after another two losses over the weekend in MAC action. The Huskies’ traveled to Ohio for two away games losing, 3-0 to Bowling Green State University on Friday and 5-1 to the University of Toledo on Sunday.

“Overall it’s an extremely disappointing weekend,” sai Head Coach Julie Colhoff. “You can’t show up one half out of four halves and expect to get the results.”

Friday vs. Bowling Green

Three goals in the first half from Bowling Green were enough to close out the Huskies.

The Falcons dominated the first half in an offensive showcase that saw 13 total shots from BGSU, including 7 on frame. NIU’s senior goalkeeper MacKenzie Lee got the start, and finished the first half with four saves before being replaced in the second half by first year goalkeeper Megan Donnally.

The Falcons opened up the scoring 13 minutes into the game when first year midfielder Mackenzie Reuber met a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard-box and placed it in the upper right corner.

The first half saw two total shots for the Huskies who were only able to put one on frame, forcing junior goalkeeper Kathleen Duwve to make a save. Duwve shared halves with redshirt junior goalkeeper Victoria Cope. Cope finished a busy second half with 3 saves.

Bowling Green was quick on the scoresheet, adding a second goal at the 16-minute mark. Junior defender Maureen Kennedy was standing at the right place at the right time when a corner kick was redirected in her path and bounced into the net.

A third and final goal by the Falcons came from first year forward Sarah Allen who collected a clearance and shot across her body to get past NIU’s Lee.

NIU played a strong second half with six total shots, putting three on goal. However, the Huskies were not able to break through and still got shutout. First year forward Trudy Quidzinski led the Huskies in shots with two, putting both on goal.

Friday’s loss marks the eight time the Huskies have failed so score this season.

Sunday vs. Toledo

A demoralized NIU squad was outplayed in a 5-1 blowout loss to the Rockets.

The Rockets were first on the scoresheet with a goal six minutes into the match. Redshirt senior forward Hannah Scafaria finished inside the 18-yard-box.

Redshirt senior defender Regan Price added a second for the Rockets with a curler from outside the 18.

NIU was able to get a goal back when junior forward Kyleigh Dominguez scored from the penalty spot, making it her second of the season.

However, the Rockets came back to break any confidence the Huskies were building with a third goal just before the half. First year midfielder Elbony Rodriguez finished from inside the six-yard-box when a deflecting cross landed at her feet.

Sophomore forward Sophia Lewis added the fourth with just under a minute into the second half. Lewis also scored the fifth goal for the Rockets at the 56-minute mark. Lewis finished the match with two goals, and two assists.

NIU finished the match with only six total shots, all of which came in the first half.

Donnally played all 90 minutes and posted three saves.

NIU returns home for the week hosting the Ball State Cardinals for their fifth MAC game this Thursday Oct. 4. The Cardinals sit in ninth place in the MAC while the Huskies hold the last place position. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. at the NIU Sports Complex.