first_imgDrake mounted a furious rally attempt down 2-0. With less than one minute left in the half, MVC Player of the Year Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.), played through a lot of contact by the UNI defender deep in the box, fired a shot but it was saved by goalkeeper, Jami Reichenberger. Drake midfielder Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) came so close to scoring the equalizer in the 35th minute as her header off a corner kick by Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa) struck the post. Right after the tough break, junior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) missed her shot attempt wide right. Later in the 37th minute, Yount took a pass on the top left side of the box and lifted her shot over the head of Morris to make it 2-0. Full Schedule Roster The game was 0-0 until the 30th minute when Yount capitalized on a Bulldogs’ error. Goalkeeper Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) attempted to a clear ball in her box but it instead struck defender Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) in the back. Yount gathered the ball and scored to break the draw. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Brynell Young scored a pair of first-half goals as UNI defeated the Drake University women’s soccer team, 2-0, on Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Springfield, Mo. No. 4 UNI (14-4-1) advanced to Sunday’s championship game, where it will play Friday night’s winner of host and No. 2 Missouri State and No. 3 Loyola. Drake, the MVC Regular Season champions, ends the year with a record of 13-4-2. The 13 wins are tied for the top single season mark in school history. At Thursday night’s MVC banquet, Drake swept all five specialty awards and had nine players earn all-conference awards. Hurt, Morris, Rodgers, Salisbury, 2017 MVC Defender of the Year Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.), Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) and Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind.) concluded their outstanding careers. The seven helped Drake win 41 games, two MVC titles and many conference individual accolades and awards.  Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs, who outshot the Panthers 25-11 in the game, kept the pressure on in the second half with a 15-2 advantage in shots. Rodgers, who had a game-high seven shots had three in the final half. Brand had four shots with one in the second half. Hurt nearly scored on a free kick in the 77th minute as Reichenberger leaped and punched it over the top and out of bounds. Rodgers’ final shot attempt came on a header off Hurt’s corner kick right after the free kick. The Bulldogs had a total of five shots in the final five minutes of the game, but could not get the elusive goal. Sophomore Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.) started the second half and finished with three shots. “This was a tough afternoon for us,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “We didn’t play well, and we have to credit UNI for making it difficult for us to put our stamp on the game. We made too many uncharacteristic mistakes for us to really ever gain momentum in the first half, and in the second half UNI just had to get numbers behind the ball. This is a tough way to end what has been an exciting season. I’m so proud of our players and staff for all the hard work they put forth this fall. Once the sting of today subsides, we can look back at all of the memories we made and celebrate this season of achievements. Our seniors had fantastic careers and our program is grateful for their leadership, commitment, and contribution to making this one of the best seasons in Drake women’s soccer history.” last_img read more