Huskies earn second win, first at home

NIU still unbeaten after four games of action


Courtesy of Scott Walstrom/NIU Athletics

The NIU women’s soccer team mobs then-graduate student forward Haley Hoppe after scoring the winning goal against Indiana State on Aug. 22, 2021, in DeKalb. Hoppe’s goal in the 104th minute gave the Huskies their first victory of the 2021 season.

DeKALB — The NIU women’s soccer team captured their second win of the season over Eastern Illinois University Sunday, after their last two games ending in draws. The Huskies won with a score of 2-1.

The Huskies Improve their record to 2-0-2. This is the first time the Huskies have been undefeated after four games since 2008.

“We had two good performances and we thought that we had done enough to win those games,” head coach Michael O’Neill said. ”We just stayed positive. We had a really good week of practice and we felt really prepared coming into today’s game. It wasn’t like I had to rally the troops. We continued to do the same things that were done before. The only difference is we scored two goals.”

After a hard fought first half with both teams being the aggressor, the score at the end of the first half was 0-0. The Huskies scored two goals in the second half. The first goal came within the first minute of the second half. The goal was scored by freshman forward Madison Looby.

“We had so many chances in the first half, but we just couldn’t finish, and we knew we could score. We all said that,” Looby said. ”Right before the second half started, we all huddled up and said that we were going to go out there and be aggressive and we’re going to score.”

Eastern Illinois junior forward Karima Rangel scored EIU’s first goal in the 66th minute of action.

The second goal of the game for NIU came within the 80th minute, and was scored by junior defender Abby Adams. This was the second week where Adams has either scored or assisted on a goal.

“I think it’s the motivation from my teammates and it helps a lot from them cheering me on.” Adams said. “I want to do something to make them happy and proud too. So I think that’s what keeps me motivated.”

The NIU women’s soccer team will return home at 7 p.m. Friday to take on Western Illinois University.