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Senior distance runner Grace Louis races in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Redbird Invite on April 2 in Normal, Illinois. Louis recorded her highest finish at the event after crossing the finish line in 11:40.02 to claim second place. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Grace Louis shows versatility as two-sport athlete

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 17, 2022

Senior and former redshirt Grace Louis has overcome obstacles, literally and figuratively, during her past six years in DeKalb as the most recent student-athlete to play more than one sport at NIU. Louis was NIU’s lone multi-sport student-athlete...

NIU hires Michael ONeill as womens soccer head coach

NIU hires Michael O’Neill as women’s soccer head coach

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 14, 2022

Editor's Note: This story has been modified to reflect the official contract details for Michael O'Neill's employment at NIU. DeKALB — Nearly four months to the date, NIU athletics has filled the women's soccer coach vacancy left by the dismissal...

Junior guard Chelby Koker (right) dribbles past a defender in NIUs exhibition game against Benedictine on Oct. 29.

Women’s basketball wins season opener over ISU

By Waleed Alamieh, Sports Reporter | November 10, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team opened their 2021 season with a 77-60 victory over the Illinois State University Redbirds on Tuesday.  The Huskies played with added energy in its first home game with fans since the 2019-2020 season. Players...

Graduate student forward Haley Hoppe dribbles past a defender during a match on Sept. 23. Hoppe is helping the next generation of womens soccer players while continuing to lead the Huskies offense.

Women’s soccer loses 6-0 in finale

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter | October 28, 2021

DeKALB — The Huskies women's soccer team and the Western Michigan Broncos faced off Thursday with the Broncos defeating the Huskies 6-0. The first shot of the contest by redshirt senior midfielder Grace Louis came from the bottom center but was saved...

Freshman midfielder/forward Edith Delgado defends a Toledo player during NIUs match on Sept 23.

Women’s soccer falls to Cardinals

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 24, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s soccer team suffered a 5-0 blowout loss against Ball State University as the Cardinals scored five first half goals against the Huskies Sunday afternoon. NIU entered Sunday’s game with a record of 5-10-2 as they traveled...

Head womens soccer coach Julie Colhoff watches her team from the sideline.

Colhoff driven by passion for soccer

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter | October 22, 2021

Passion is something that each of us have that lives within. For head women’s soccer coach Julie Colhoff, she is using her passion to inspire and help others.  From a young age, Colhoff has had a true love and passion for the game of soccer.  “Kindergarten...

Graduate student forward Haley Hoppe dribbles the ball in a game against Chicago State on Aug. 26.

Huskies win 2-1 in final home game

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s soccer team won 2-1 in their final home game of the season against the Miami (Ohio) University Redhawks on Thursday night.  NIU’s sideline showed an abundance of energy during the course of the game, most notably following...

Senior goalkeeper Julia Lentz executes a goal kick during womens soccer practice on Aug. 17.

NIU draws with UB on senior day

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter | October 18, 2021

DeKALB – The Huskies women’s soccer team and the University at Buffalo Bulls went head-to-head Sunday, with the game ending in a 0-0 draw.  Sunday’s matchup was senior night for the Huskies, and six of the 11 starters were seniors.  “For...

Senior defenseman Jenna Lewey (5) dribbles the ball while playing against the Toledo Rockets on Sept. 23.

Ohio defeats women’s soccer, 4-0

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 10, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU women’s soccer team was shut out 4-0 when they hosted the Ohio University Bobcats on Sunday. Ohio was aggressive on its attacks in the first half, attempting eight shots toward the net while NIU had zero. Goalkeeper Julia Lentz...

Senior defenseman Jenna Lewey (5) dribbles the ball while playing against the Toledo Rockets on Sept. 23.

Huskies fall to Golden Flashes, 2-0

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter | October 7, 2021

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...

Graduate student forward Haley Hoppe dribbles past a defender during a match on Sept. 23. Hoppe is helping the next generation of womens soccer players while continuing to lead the Huskies offense.

Hoppe leading for women’s soccer

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter | October 6, 2021

A legacy is often defined by what you leave behind. Graduate forward Haley Hoppe is building a legacy within the program that is sure to last a lifetime.  Hoppe attended Rouse High School in her hometown of Austin, Texas, where she would start her...

Freshman midfielder/forward Edith Delgado defends a Toledo player during NIUs match on Sept 23.

Women’s soccer drops EMU game

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter | October 3, 2021

DeKALB — The Huskies women’s soccer team was defeated by the Eastern Michigan University Eagles in a 2-1 victory on Sunday.  The Huskies fought for the majority of the contest but were unable to close the game out and secure a victory. Head coach...

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