UNI Soccer sets program tie record against UIC

CHICAGO– The Panthers will have an unbeaten away record for the 2022 season after a 0-0 draw with UIC on Thursday night.

In UNI’s weakest attacking outing of the season, the Panther defense and starting keeper Caitlin Richards managed to hold the Flames scoreless for 90 minutes. UNI is now on a five-game draw streak, the longest active streak in the country while also setting a program record for most draws in a season (six).

Northern Iowa had two chances at net in Thursday’s game at UIC. Senior Striker Kennedy Rieken had UNI’s first shot of the match towards the end of the first half. In the 43rd minute, Rieken took a long chance down the left side of the pitch one foot from the penalty area. Flames goaltender Lauren Keizer saved Rieken’s attempt in the middle of the net.

The Panthers’ second and final shot at the net was taken by the freshman midfielder Caroline Hazen in the 74th minute. Hazen found the ball in the same spot as Rieken but tried a try from farther. Hazen’s shot went to the left side of the net where it was stopped by Keiser.

Richards made eight saves on his third shutout of the year against the Flames. Richards faced more UIC shots as the game went on, making three saves in the first half and then five in the second. In the final five minutes, Richards had two touches on the ball while jumping to get the two out of reach.

Hazen was the only Panther to have multiple shots against UIC with two. Reiken and senior midfielder Lizzie Mewes had the other two shots of the game for UNI.

The Panthers return home to Cedar Falls for their final games of the season. UNI will have the rest of the week off before they face the Murray State Racers at home on Thursday October 20. Thursday’s match will be the first time the two programs have faced off with the kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m.

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