Football: The Huskies put up 370 passing yards and 587 yards of total offense Saturday in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., but it was not enough as the Huskies dropped their MAC opener to Central Michigan, 48-41. Despite the loss, quarterback Chandler Harnish broke another NIU record, as he eclipsed George Bork's 48-year-old school mark for career passing yards with the top passing yardage game of his Huskie career.
Volleyball: For the second straight week, the Huskie volleyball team split their weekend matches against conference foes. NIU dropped their Friday night tilt, 3-2, at Ball State, despite leading the Cardinals 2-1 through three sets. The Huskies would recover Saturday, though, as they shot down the Toledo Rockets by a 3-1 margin. During the match, Lauren Wicinski came within one kill of tying NIU's all-time career record.
Men's Soccer: NIU dropped their MAC opener Saturday in DeKalb to the Buffalo Bulls, 2-1, in double overtime. The Huskies outshot UB, 19-6, but only James Stevenson's 73rd minute shot found the back of the net. The Bulls, however, would score on a free kick in the 108th minute to seal the victory.
Women's Soccer: The Huskies continued their MAC schedule at home over the weekend. However, both matches ended in one-goal losses for NIU. On Friday, Akron used a 63rd minute goal and stellar goaltending to down the Huskies, 1-0. The results improved on Sunday against Ohio. The Huskies used a goal from Samantha Hill to tie the game at 1-1, but the Bobcats retook the lead almost immediately following the lone NIU marker to win, 2-1.
Men's Golf: Northern Illinois played in two tournaments during the week with far different results both times. NIU traveled to Louisville on Monday and Tuesday for the Cardinal Intercollegiate, where they finished in second place behind Shawn Foley's -1, 143 performance. They returned to the course during the weekend for Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Invitational, where they finished 11th as a team.
Women's Golf: The Huskie women's golf squad competed in two tournaments during the week within the state of Illinois. On Monday and Tuesday, the team headed south for the SIUE Intercollegiate. Keyed by top ten performances from Allie Parthie and Taylor Ellet, the team took fifth place overall. NIU returned home Sunday for the NIU Huskie Classic at Kishwaukee Country Club. Currently, the team sits in eighth place with Monday's competition underway.
Cross Country: The Huskies raced in the Windy City over the weekend at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, where they claimed 20th out of the 45-team field. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a 70th place finish, timing in at 18:55.50. Meanwhile, Claire McAuley also took home a top 100 finish, placing 91st with a time of 19:10.60.
Men's Tennis: The NIU men's tennis team traveled to Muncie, Ind., over the weekend for the 33rd annual Ball State Invitational. In singles, the team went 3-5 behind Roman Turtygin, Axel Lagerlof and Max Phillips' wins. Meanwhile, the Huskies tallied three wins in doubles and only lost two matches due to injuries.
Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois faced five other conference foes over the weekend, as they competed at Western Michigan's MAC Invitational. On the weekend, the team posted six wins total, including two doubles wins from Haley Dekkinga and Nelle Youel. In addition, Youel also posted two singles wins during the weekend tournament.
NIU heads into their first full week of October with a packed slate of action, including two home volleyball matches and Saturday's home football game against Kent State.