UNI Wins 1st Game of the Season
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Saturday 08/26/2014

WATERLOO, Iowa - Try and try again was all the Panthers could do on Tuesday night at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex. After a quiet first half, the UNI women's soccer team came out firing everything that it could at the Queen Bees from St. Ambrose and scored in the 84th minute to win 1-0.

"We talked in the locker room about how disappointed we were with the Iowa game," head coach James Price said. "We were going to come out here and show what we could do."

Whether it was Sarah Brandt, Marianne Gagne, Charlotte Jones, or Annie Dale, all of them gave their best efforts in trying to put one past Morgan Lynn of St. Ambrose. Much of the success UNI saw came from its bench.

"I thought we had some players come in and do well," Price said. "I thought we had some positive performances from Camille [De La Cruz], Marianne [Gagne], and Amber [Nieland] as well."

UNI finished the night with a total of 17 shots including five hard on-goal strikes up against St. Ambrose's keeper.. 

Junior midfielder, Dale, finally was able to get one past Lynn in the 84th minute off of a cross from fellow freshman Haley Kerns. Dale led the Panthers with a total of 8 shots on the night.

UNI sophomore keeper Whitney Blunt posted the shutout for the Panthers as Blunt had the save of the night when St. Ambrose forward Tori Novak found herself in a one-on-one break away with Blunt. Novak fired a hard shot to the right of the goal but Blunt was able to make the huge block and punch the ball away from the net with less than eight minutes remaining. 

Next up for the Panthers is the first road trip of the season as UNI will travel to Wisconsin this weekend to take on Green Bay on Friday night and Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon. 

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