Finishing up the Huskies’ Hawaiian tour, the Northern Illinois University women’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 neutral site decision to Seattle University on Saturday night at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
Facing the defending Western Athletic Conference champions Redhawks, NIU’s goal came from junior forward Maggie Renfro and marked the first tally in her Huskie career.
The first half didn’t feature many scoring opportunities, but Seattle (2-1) did notch the opening goal when Taylor Ritzman scored for the Redhawks in the 15th minute to give the WAC titleholders the halftime lead.
The second half featured more action as Seattle star senior forward Stephanie Verdoia took over the match. Verdoia scored in 56th minute and again in the 60th minute, giving the Redhawks a commanding 3-0 lead.
“We played a quality team tonight and put ourselves in a hole that we struggled to get out of,” NIU head coach John Ross said after the game.
But the Huskies (0-4) continued to attack and were immediately rewarded in the 62nd minute when Renfro scored her first NIU goal with a strike from outside the 18-yard box.
Even though Julia Moravec finished the scoring for Seattle in the 67th minute, Ross said he was pleased with some of his players’ performances toward the end of the match.
“Later in the game, we had some players step up and take advantage of their opportunities, so that was nice to see,” Ross said.
The Huskies play Nebraska-Omaha at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex in the first of four consecutive home matches.
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