Women’s soccer shuts out Green Bay

By Krystal Megan

DeKALB — Women’s soccer won its second game in a row when they shutout the University of Green Bay-Wisconsin Phoenix Sunday in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

NIU (3-1-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) defeated the Phoenix (0-6) 3-0, behind goals from junior forward Taylor Sarver, senior midfielder Allie Ingham and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Chope.

With Sunday’s win, the Huskies won two of three games on their three-game road trip and are 3-1 on the road this year.

“[I] was really happy with our ability to create scoring chances,” Head Coach John Ross said. “It’s always great [to] put the ball in the back of the net, so we got three [goals] today [and] could’ve had a couple more but finishing our chances today was very positive. We created quite a bit, so it was a very positive way to finish the road stand.”

Ingham’s goal came first in minute 15 when she struck the ball from about 35 yards out to get it over Green Bay’s sophomore goalkeeper Emma Sloot.

Sarver scored her second goal of the year about a minute after Ingham’s goal to double the Huskies lead to 2-0. Freshman midfielder Madison Kauffman picked up her first collegiate assist and point on the goal.

Chope netted the final goal of the game in minute 81 for NIU. Sophomore midfielder Natalie Yass picked up the assist.

The Phoenix took 10 of their 14 shots in the second half, but senior goalkeeper Amy Annala and the Huskies defense were able to shut them down. Annala picked up her third shutout of the season, recording five saves.

“[Annala] made a big save in the second half to keep the score at 2-0,” said Ross, according to NIU Media Services. “We really had all 11 players helping on defense and if we do that all season, we can be a really strong defensive unit”

Ross said Annala has been outstanding as always, and it’s about the defense and putting Annala in positions where she can make saves for the team.

“I think most of this game and the last couple [of] games that’s what our defense has been doing,” Ross said. “There were a couple times where we had to get a little bit better organized at times, but [I’m] very happy with where we are at as a team defending.”

NIU had 20 players saw minutes, the most players that have entered a game this season for the Huskies.

NIU returns home 5 p.m. Friday for a matchup with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.