Women’s soccer tries to continue winning


Junior midfield Allie Ingham dribbles the ball during a game against Central Michigan on Friday, Sept. 3. The Huskies defated the Chippewas 4-0.

By Krystal Ward

DeKALB | Women’s soccer (3-4-2, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) will play 3 p.m. Friday in Kent, Ohio, against the Kent State University Golden Flashes (6-1-0, 2-0 MAC).

The Huskies are coming off two victories last weekend to begin MAC play.

NIU ended the unbeaten streak of the Central Michigan Unviersity Chippewas Friday, formerly one of three undefeated NCAA teams and won again Sunday against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles.

Kent State is on a six-game winning streak and defeated NIU 7-3 in the last meeting between the two squads.

NIU sophomore forward Taylor Sarver gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute. Less than two minutes later, Jenna Hellstrom, Kent State senior forward evened the score. The Golden Flashes took a 4-1 lead into halftime.

Donavan Capehart, Kent State midfielder and forward, scored three goals in the second half to seal the victory for the Golden Flashes.

Kent State is second in the MAC with 1.5 assists per game and 1.25 goals allowed per game. The Golden Flashes are 11th in the conference in offsides (1.75) and fouls (10.50) and tied for 11th in saves (5.50).

After playing Kent State, the Huskies will take on Ohio University (2-6-1, 0-2 MAC) noon Sunday in Athens, Ohio.

The Bobcats are on a four-game losing streak but defeated NIU in double-overtime in the teams’ last meeting Oct. 2. Former freshman forward Stephanie Rowland scored a goal in the 105th minute to secure the victory for Ohio.

The Bobcats are tied for second in the MAC in assists (1.33) and saves (6.83), and tied for fourth in goals (1.83) while sitting last in fouls (6.33).

NIU is 12th in the MAC in assists and goals, averaging 0.33 per game for both. The Huskies are fifth in the conference in saves (5.50) and tied for fourth in shutouts (0.33).

Junior goalkeeper Amy Annala has an 84 percent save percentage with four shutouts on the season.

The match against Kent State will take place at Zoeller Field, and Sunday’s game against Ohio will be at Chessa Field.