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Soccer

  • The University of Northern Iowa women's soccer team remained in the United Soccer Coaches' Midwest Region top 15 Tuesday. It's the first season the Panthers have achieved a regional ranking.

UNI is No. 14, falling two spots from a week ago following a 2-1 loss to Montana.

"Being regionally ranked is a reward to our players for getting results to start the season so well," said head coach Bruce Erickson. "I'm pleased for them and for our program."

In NCAA rankings, Panther goaltender Jami Reichenberger is No. 3 in shutouts with six, No. 11 in save percentage at .933 and No. 13 in goals-against average at .286.

Football

  • North Butler superintendent Joel Foster announced on the school's website Monday that it will forfeit Friday's football game against St. Ansgar due to injury and illness.

"At the present time, we only have 14 healthy bodies (and several of those are ill at the present moment), and I feel that if we go ahead and play this game that we would be placing our kids in a dangerous situation," Foster writes. "In my opinion, 14 young men is not enough to play an 11-man varsity football game."

Foster notes that the decision was made after discussions with North Butler principal Heather Holm, athletic administrator Todd Thompson and head football coach Travis Miller.

Softball

  • The University of Northern Iowa softball team will begin its fall schedule today when it hosts Kirkwood Community College at 4:30 p.m. at Robinson-Dresser Complex.

The Panthers are coming off a 33-win season that included the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.

Other fall games are Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. against Clarke University, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. against Upper Iowa, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. against Iowa Central Community College and Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. against Des Moines Area Community College.

The Oct. 5 game will also feature the Panthers' annual HIT-A-THON fundraiser.

In addition, UNI will play in the All-Iowa Classic in Iowa City Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

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