Huskies tie with Western Michigan but can’t take final MAC spot


Sophomore midfielder Lauren Gierman awaits the ball in a Sept. 25 game against Toledo. Gierman scored both goals in the game for the Huskies, giving her a second two-goal game in her career.

By Raven Boyd

Women’s soccer (3-12-3, 2-6-3 MAC) finished the regular season going head-to-head with Western Michigan (11-3-4, 8-1-2 MAC) on Thursday. The Broncos came in with a six-game win streak with three on the road.

Both teams came out aggressively with back-to-back fouls in the first few minutes. Sophomore forward Emma Kahn is one of the top three scorers in the MAC and scored the Broncos’ first goal in the 13th minute of play. The goal was Kahn’s 10th on the season and shot into the bottom right corner.

Senior defender Kate Wirthlin helped the Huskies tie the game before the end of the first half. It was her first goal of the season, assisted by a free kick from sophomore midfielder Lauren Gierman in the 36th minute.

Western Michigan kicked just 13 shots prior to overtime even though it averaged 25 shots in its games last week, but still managed to outshoot the Huskies, holding them to just six shots.

The Huskies were able to stay effective on the field, converting two of those shots into goals. Junior midfielder and defender Jess Wooldridge scored the second goal for NIU from a header on a free kick for the Huskies in the 70th minute.

Sophomore forward Candice Uhl fired a loose ball into the top right corner of the goal with 45 seconds left in the game, bringing the Broncos and Huskies to overtime. Neither team scored in overtime, bringing the final score to a 2-2 tie.

The Huskies will move not move on in the MAC tournament, although the game brought them to a four-way tie with Bowling Green, Ohio and Akron. The zips gained the final position in the top eight MAC conference standings.