Women’s soccer has four straight shutouts after Sunday’s tie at UIC


Han Byer

Number 20, freshman Midfielder Ella Onstott unsuccessfully attempts to intercept the ball away from Valpariso’s Allie Anderson, a senior midfielder, during the Panther’s first game of the season Thursday afternoon at Lakeside Field. The Panthers and Beacons tied the game.

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor

EIU women’s soccer traveled to Chicago for a Sunday afternoon match against University of Illinois Chicago where they came out with a 0-0 score and their fourth straight clean slate. After the tie, the Panthers moved on to a 1-0-3 record. 

Goalkeeper Daniela Bermeo’s eight saves were critical in the match that led to her fourth clean slate this season. With a 1.000 save percentage, Bermeo has recorded a total of 22 saves on the season through four games. UIC’s offense had 18 shots, eight being on goal, that were made by 11 different players.  

In Sunday’s game, EIU put up four shots, with three on goal, against the Flames. Two shots by midfielder Jenna Little, one by forward Karima Rangel, and one by midfielder Cam Korhorn. As EIU works on capitalizing on shots, it has potential to place well in the OVC as the season begins in the next few weeks.  

EIU’s offense and defense have had tough, physical matches and have worked hard for their fourth shutout in a row and has them at a .625 winning percentage. Capitalizing on offense will be a key factor for EIU as they move forward.  

With EIU having a strong offense and defense, with Bermeo at goal, they have great potential for a winning season. EIU’s depth has been a key part in the season thus far. The Panthers have an average of 8 players coming off the bench and playing in each game. Players off the bench have recorded five shots, one shot on goal, and one assist. The bench has an average of 31.78 minutes played per game.  

After Sunday’s match, EIU is currently in second place In the Ohio Valley Conference overall standings. In front of EIU is one of the new teams to join the OVC, Southern Indiana who has an overall record of 2-1-1. Right behind EIU in third place is another new team, Lindenwood, with a 1-2-1 record.  

EIU has four matches remaining before they begin the OVC season on Sept. 18. They will play at Illinois State (0-4) on Sept. 1, at home against Northern Illinois (1-0-2) on Sept. 4, at Central Michigan (0-4) on Sept. 11, and finally at home against Western Illinois (0-1-2) on Sept. 16.  

The Panthers will return to the field when they travel to Bloomington, Ill. for a match at Illinois State on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.