WATERLOO, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa women's soccer team fell to the Missouri State Bears on Saturday afternoon, 3-1. The loss is UNI's first loss in conference play this season (1-1-1).
The Panthers opened the scoring in the 21st minute when they were awarded with a free kick after a Missouri State foul. Freshman Sarah McHugh handled the set piece, pushing the ball into the box, where sophomore Caitlyn Fuller headed it into the left side of the net for the score.
The Bears answered in the 35th minute when Rachel Weimer found Molly Brewer who beat the UNI keeper in a one-on-one attack for the score. The match remained at one-all until the 88th minute when the Bears scored again. This time, Brewer found Weimer for the one-on-one with the keeper, putting Missouri State up 2-1 with just under three minutes to play. The Bears added an insurance goal just 54 seconds later when Kelsey Goff found the back of the net off a scramble at the top of the 18-yard box.
The Panthers had plenty of opportunities in the match, outshooting the Bears 16-13 including matching Missouri State in shots on goal with six. Missouri State held the slight edge in corner kicks, seven to five.
Senior Kiki McClellan fired three shots in the match with two coming on goal. Fellow senior Ashley Capone tallied three shots with one on goal for the Panthers. McHugh added three shots with one on goal, the only score of the match for UNI, while Fuller put both of her shots on goal. Junior Claire Clark added two shots while senior Melissa Hagan, and juniors Grace Schield and Allie Brees pitched in with one shot each in the match.
Junior goalkeeper Erin Zaideman posted three saves while allowing three goals.
UNI (6-8-2, 1-1-1 MVC) will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 10 when they travel to face off with MVC foe Illinois State. First kick is set for 3:00 p.m.