Women’s soccer snaps 8 game losing streak

By Roland Hacker

The women’s soccer team split two games this weekend against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the Central Michigan University Chippewas at home.

Friday: Eastern Michigan

The Huskies kicked off Homecoming Weekend with a loss to Eastern Michigan Friday, 1-0.

It was a cold, uneventful night until the Eagles scored in minute-81 with a goal from first year midfielder Kylie Frantz.

The Eagles outshot NIU 22-12, 12-6 on goal. Huskies’ senior goalkeeper MacKenzie Lee recorded a season-high 11 saves in the game, including a save on a penalty kick.

“I’d say we gave up more shots and corner kicks than I ideally would like, but I think when we did give those up, we got the stops we needed,” Head Coach Julie Colhoff said.

First year midfielder Trudy Quidzinski led the Huskies with three shots on goal.

Sunday: Central Michigan

The Huskies beat Central Michigan Sunday 2-1 to conclude their brief homestand.

“I think today, quite honestly, we really focused on the details of the game plan, and I thought we executed very well,” Colhoff said. “Another thing I would point to is probably the discipline that we were able to achieve both defensively and when we had the ball.”

The Huskies struck first with a goal from junior midfielder Abby Gregg at minute-17. NIU struck again in minute-30; sophomore forward Amanda Czerniak scored on a 25-yard strike.

CMU attempted to mount a comeback with a goal in minute-75, but the comeback fell short as NIU snapped an eight-game losing streak. The win was especially sweet as the Huskies celebrated their seniors during Homecoming.

“That was a big message before the game was how do we honor these six [seniors] who have fought and sacrificed for us,” Colhoff said. “So that was the goal today to go out there for them.”

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The Huskies return to action 7 p.m. Thursday as they take on the University of Ohio Bobcats.