Western Michigan women’s soccer won its first game of the season at Northern Illinois, 1-0.
In the first half WMU struggled to get shots, only getting one and not getting any on goal. The Huskies got four shots, two on goal, but were unable to connect with any. It was a scrappy half, as there were nine total fouls, but none resulting in a yellow or red card. Six of those fouls came from NIU, and three of them coming from WMU. NIU was able to get three corner kicks in the first half, but the Broncos defense was able to hold them off. With great defense played by the Broncos, the score was tied at zero at the half.
The second half went very different from the first with WMU getting nine shots, seven of them being on goal. The Huskies were only able to get two shots, one on goal in the second half. After not having any corner kicks if the first half, the Broncos were able to get three in the latter period, while NIU only produced one. The Broncos only picked up three fouls in the second half while the Huskies picked up five. Late in the game, forward Bailey Korhorn scored the only goal at the 81:29 mark to help the Broncos win the season opener.
Western Michigan's goalkeeper Hannah Sargent had three saves on the day and faced six shots. Northern Illinois’s goalkeeper Julia Lentz had six saves, facing 10 shots on the day.
Korhorn had six shots on goal and connected on one late in the game to help the Broncos secure the victory. Morgan Otteson got two shots, with one on goal. Claudia Schilling and Kayla Whelchel each had one shot in the game.
With this victory in the books, the Broncos are now 1-0 for the season in its 10-game MAC regular season. WMU has its first home game Saturday, taking on Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m.