Women’s soccer celebrates its seniors


Center Midfielder Emilie Haugan takes a free kick during an Oct. 9 game against Ball State. The Huskies lost 2-0. 

By Krystal Ward

DeKALB | The Huskies (4-7-2, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) play its final two regular season home matches beginning 6 p.m. Friday against the University of Akron Zips (3-9-2, 0-4-2 MAC) at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.

NIU lost its last meeting to Akron 2-1 Oct. 9, 2015, but NIU lead the all-time series 8-6-1. The Huskies will also face the University at Buffalo Bulls 2 p.m. Sunday at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.

NIU lost last year’s Oct. 11 meeting with Buffalo 4-1 and trail the all-time series 8-9-2.

The team will have Senior Day 2 p.m. Sunday, where NIU will honor defender Alex Elias, defender and midfielder Jess Wooldridge, defender Jackie Wandt and midfielder Haley Cummings on their memorable Huskie career.

The Huskies are coming off back-to-back 2-0 losses to the Miami University Redhawks last Thursday and the Ball State University Cardinals last Sunday.

Junior forward Shae van Gassen and junior midfielder Jenn Rowe scored for Miami.

Freshman forward Natalie Yaas and sophomore forward Katie Sanfilippo each had a shot on goal against the Cardinals but could not place their shots in the back of the net.

Sarver, team leader with six goals and 13 points, served a shot but was off target.

Against Ball State, Elias said the team was a little shaky but believes the Huskies can turn their play around.

“I think we got to go back to the drawing board and figure it out for our last five games,” Elias said. “I mean, [there’s] about half [the games] left in MAC conference play, so I think we can turn this around.”