Huskies fall to Golden Flashes, 2-0

NIU lost 2-0 in their third-straight loss Thursday, bringing them to 1-4 in conference play


Khavon Thomas

Then-senior defender Jenna Lewey (5) dribbles the ball while playing against the Toledo Rockets on Sept. 23, 2021.

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter

DeKALB — The University of Kent State Golden Flashes women’s soccer team defeated the Huskies 2-0 on Thursday, giving the Huskies their second three-game losing streak this season. 

Kent State came out aggressive and energetic on both sides of the ball, picking off passes and getting to the box early and often. 

In the 14th minute of the contest, Kent State senior defender Tianna Harris scored a goal assisted by redshirt senior defender Karly Hellstrom, giving the Golden Flashes a 1-0 lead. 

The Golden Flashes would continue their attack on the box with shots coming in the 15th, 17th, and 23rd minutes. Kent State also had four corner kicks within that stretch. 

The Huskies were only able to get two shots off, coming from sophomore forward Kierah Meier and freshman defender Kali Stock. Both shots were unable to connect with the back of the net. 

Senior goalkeeper Julia Lentz started for the Huskies in net filling from their normal starter, junior goalkeeper Sadie McGill. Lentz finished the first half with one save and one goal allowed.

The first half was physical for both teams, with a combined total of 11 fouls in the first half. 

The Huskies were unable to get going in the box in the first half, having zero corners and allowing the Golden Flashes six. 

In the 51st minute of play, Golden Flashes’ redshirt senior forward Cameron Shedenhelm scored a goal coming off an assist from sophomore defender Keyosha Donkor to give Kent State a 2-0 lead. 

Graduate forward Haley Hoppe and junior forward Julia Neary had the only two shots for the Huskies in the second half, both off target and did not connect. 

The Huskies will return home to face the University of Ohio Bobcats at 2 p.m on Sunday.