Women’s football earns first conference victory in Toledo – Northern Star

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Mingda Wu

First-year midfielder Aubrey Robertson in possession of the ball during the NIU women’s soccer game on Sept. 9. The Huskies lost 3-0 to opponent Western Illinois. (Mingda Wu | North Star)

FromKALB – The NIU women’s soccer team (4-3-2, 1-1 MAC) traveled to Toledo for their second league game, where they picked up a 2-0 victory.

The victory follows a 2-0 loss to Western Michigan University on Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

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