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Women’s soccer wins vs. Northern Illinois 1-0, ties at Bowling Green

UB pushes unbeaten streak to 12 games, second-longest in program history

Women’s soccer currently holds a 12-game unbeaten streak and stands atop the MAC standings.
Women’s soccer currently holds a 12-game unbeaten streak and stands atop the MAC standings.

UB women’s soccer (11-1-3, 5-0-3 MAC) continues to find ways to avoid losing in conference play. The Bulls defeated Northern Illinois, 1-0, at home last Thursday night and finished with a 0-0 draw at Bowling Green on Sunday. The team has yet to lose a MAC conference game and now owns a 12-game unbeaten streak, the second-best mark in program history. 

Against Northern Illinois (5-6-4, 2-4-2 MAC), the Bulls’ offense stayed aggressive despite producing no goals in the first half. In the second half, UB finally broke through in the 70th minute as freshman defender/midfielder Ellie Simmons fed fellow freshman midfielder Marissa Foster for her first career goal at UB. The game’s lone goal was enough to secure the victory. 

Foster became the team’s 10th different player to score a goal so far this season as UB finished the game outshooting the Huskies 20-7 in total shots and 5-3 in shots on goal. 

Sophomore forward Jasmine Guerber tallied five shots on the game, with two shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Emily Kelly recorded her 10th shutout of the season, which for the team is third-most in program history.

Defense was paramount in Sunday’s draw against Bowling Green (5-5-4, 3-2-3 MAC), as each team had only four shots on goal. Junior midfielder Leah Wengender had a couple good chances during the first half, but the BG senior goalkeeper Lili Berg held steady. 

Wengender finished with three of the four shots on goal for the Bulls. Guerber also had a chance early in the second half, but her shot missed just wide. Despite their record, the Falcons were able to match the Bulls’ intensity to earn a tie.

Next up for the Bulls is their final home game of the regular season against Central Michigan (2-9-4, 1-4-3 MAC) at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Currently in first place of the MAC standings, UB has three more games remaining on its schedule before the conference tournament begins on Oct. 30.

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