Women’s soccer bags first conference victory at Toledo


Mingda Wu

Then-freshman midfielder Aubrey Robertson in possession of the ball during the NIU women’s soccer game Sept. 9th, 2022. The Huskies lost 3-0 to their opponent Western Illinois. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

DeKALB – The NIU women’s soccer team (4-3-2, 1-1 MAC) visited Toledo for their second game of league play, where they took a 2-0 victory.

The win comes off of a 2-0 loss against Western Michigan University on Thursday.

The two goals against Toledo were scored by junior forwards Kierah Meier in the 42nd minute and Reegan Kingpavong in the 52nd minute.

“Obviously I’m delighted with the result and really proud of the girls’ efforts to get the win,” head coach Michael O’Neill said in an NIU Athletics news release. “We knew Toledo would be a tough opponent. Western (Michigan) was a great rehearsal (for today). We knew it would be a continuation of Thursday night. The girls worked hard. I think we won the physical battle in central areas, which can swing the game one way or the other.”

There were many opportunities for Toledo to score and take advantage of the game, but freshman goalkeeper Deighton Wamer wouldn’t allow it. Wamer was credited with six saves in Sunday’s competition.

“Deighton was great,” O’Neill said in the news release. “We had a conversation since Thursday and asked her to be more decisive and she did some great things today. Also, and she would be the first to tell you, our backline was really good today. Jordyn (King) and Kylee (Hermeyer), best I’ve seen them play all year. Amara (Thompkins) and Abby (Adams), and Lea (Gruennagel) came on as well and did a fantastic job on their  (Toledo’s) right-sided player, who is a massive threat and goal scorer for them.”

The Huskies will continue their Mid-American Conference play at 3 p.m. Thursday where they will visit Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.