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Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois won two games at home over the weekend. On Friday, against Kent State, the Huskies took the lead late and held on to win 2-1. Against Ohio on Sunday, NIU got out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second half and kept ahead of the opposing Bobcats to win 2-1. With the wins, the Huskies clinched a MAC Championship Tournament berth.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies played two matches over the week. The first was on Tuesday, October 22, a game that NIU won against Eastern Illinois, 3-0. On Saturday against Akron, the Huskies dropped a 2-1 affair on the road. The team is now 4-10-0 on the season with a 0-3-0  record in the MAC.

Football: NIU defeated Eastern Michigan 59-20 in a home game on Saturday. Four different players tossed a touchdown in the game, including Jordan Lynch, Drew Hare, Matt McIntosh, and Tommylee Lewis. Lynch also tied his career high in touchdown passes in a single game with four. The Huskies remained undefeated, standing at 8-0 on the season.

Volleyball: NIU split two MAC matches over the weekend. The Huskies played Ohio on Friday, losing 3-1. On Saturday, the team swept Kent State, improving to 13-11 on the season. NIU is currently 5-5 in the MAC. The Huskies have six games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Wrestling: The wrestling team had its annual Red/Black Dual to start the wrestling season. Black won the preseason event, 21-15. Five matches were decided by three points or fewer. The Huskies will be on the road for their first in-season meet, which is slated to be on Monday, November 3 in Brookings, S.D.

WEDNESDAY'S WRESTLE-OFF RESULTS

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After half of the Red/Black Dual matchups were determined on Tuesday (which you can view here), the remainder of the matches were settled at Wednesday's practice. Here are those results:

141:
Kevin Fanta def. Colin Dolata by major decision
Tyler Argue def. Sal Annoreno by decision
Sal Annoreno def. Colin Dolata by decision

Exhibition:
133: Jordan Northrup def. Sal Annoreno by decision
133: Thorian Twyner def. Colin Dolata by decision
174: Caleb Busson def. Billy Chancey by decision
174: Shawn Scott def. Matt Mougin by decision
184: Parker Settecase def. Shane Rosenberry by decision

Finals (contested Friday night at Red/Black Dual):
125: Derek Elmore vs. Braun Marquez
133: Thorian Twyner vs. Jordan Northrup
141: Kevin Fanta vs. Tyler Argue
149: Austin Culton vs. Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse vs. Jacob Haydock
165: Trace Engelkes vs. Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin vs. Billy Chancey
184: Caleb Busson vs. Shane Rosenberry
197: Shawn Scott vs. Parker Settecase
285: Jared Torrence vs. Arthur Bunce

The remaining five positions will be determine during Wednesday's practice, so check in tomorrow morning for the latest.

TUESDAY'S WRESTLE-OFF RESULTS

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In anticipation for the start of the 2013-14 season, the Northern Illinois University wrestling team kicked off their wrestle-off tournament Tuesday. Below are the results of the contested weights:

125:
Derek Elmore def. Braun Marquez by pin
Braun Marquez def. Nick Harrison by decision
149:
Austin Culton def. Rob Jillard by decision
Rob Jillard def. Gabe Morse by decision
165:
Trace Engelkes def. Dylan Dobzanksi by decision
285:
Jared Torrence def. Jake Cochrane by pin
Arthur Bunce def. Tanner Lowe by injury default

Exhibition:
Trace Engelkes def. Jacob Haydock by fall
Sam Bennett def. Andrew Morse by decision

Confirmed Finals (contested Friday night at Red/Black Dual):
125: Derek Elmore vs. Braun Marquez
149: Austin Culton vs. Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse vs. Jacob Haydock
165: Trace Engelkes vs. Sam Bennett
285: Jared Torrence vs. Arthur Bunce

The remaining five positions will be determine during Wednesday's practice, so check in tomorrow morning for the latest.

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Football: NIU took on Akron in the homecoming football game. The Huskies won 27-20 after a defensive battle with the opposing Zips. NIU rushed for 173 yards as a team with two 80+-yard rushers. Jimmie Ward recorded his fourth consecutive game with an interception.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 0-1-1 on the weekend. On Friday, they tied Bowling Green 0-0. On Sunday, NIU yielded three early goals to Central Michigan and couldn't find a way to get back into the game, dropping the match 3-0. The team is now 2-3-1 in the MAC.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois split its players among two different regional tournaments. Nelle Youel and Arantza de la Torre went to the Midwest Regional, with competing together in the doubles draw. Youel also competed in the singles draw as well. Four other players, Ilse Pacheco, Stephanie McDonald, Cristina Alvarez, and Haley Dekkinga, competed in the Second Chance Regional.

Volleyball: The Huskies played two matches over the week. The first at Toledo on Friday, and it ended in a 3-2 loss for NIU. The second was a 3-0 loss at Ball State on Saturday. NIU now has a 3-3 record in the MAC.

Men's Soccer: NIU had two tight losses over the week. The first was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Northwestern. The second was a 1-0 double-overtime loss at Bowling Green. The Huskies are now 3-9-0 on the season.  

Ward Featured on Mid-Season All-America Team

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NIU senior Jimmie Ward has been named to SI.com's Mid-Season All-America team.  The Huskies' strong safety from Mobile, Ala. leads the nation with five interceptions, and leads the Huskies in tackles with 50.  He has 35 solo stops, two pass break-ups, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

Ward has intercepted a pass in each of NIU's last four games but his biggest pickoff of the year may have been the first one versus Iowa.  With 1:24 to play and the game tied at 27-all, Ward jumped an out route, made a one-handed interception (due to the cast on his left hand) and returned the ball 20 yards to the Iowa 30.  His play set up a game-winning field goal by the Huskies' Mathew Sims.

Against Purdue, Ward returned an interception on a similar play 62 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.  While covering All-America candidate Dri Archer during most of the Kent State game, Ward had an interception in the end zone and recovered a fumble.


NATIONAL NOTICE

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The Huskies are 4-0 and ranked 23rd in the country in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and with that record comes some great national publicity for the NIU program and its players, especially Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch.  In case you've missed any of the national mentions this week, here's a recap to some of them with links. 

ESPN.com
Ivan Maisel podcast (talks NIU as BCS Buster at 18 minute mark)
Gene Wojciehowski column (brief mentions for NIU, Lynch under Tailgating and First Quarter headers)
 
Yahoo.com
Pat Forde column (lists NIU-Iowa as most under-rated game of September)
 
SI.com
Campus Union (under "Three Up" props for Jimmie Ward as one of top defenders in the country)
 
FoxSports.com
Charles Davis' Heisman Watch Video (Jordan Lynch)

NFL.com
5-Up

In addition, Lynch and the Huskies have been the subject of some national radio chatter.  Following the Purdue win, Jordan was interviewed live by Yahoo!Sports Radio and CBS Radio, and during the past week, the Huskies have come up on the Dan Patrick Show, Sirius XM College Sports (Monday and Tuesday nights) and ESPN Radio.  Lynch was on the air with Chris Childers of Sirius XM and Freddie Coleman of ESPN Radio this week.


Keep watching this space, like NIU Huskies on Facebook and follow @NIUAthletics and @LynchFor6 on Twitter for all of the links to news on NIU Football.  

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Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois began MAC play over the weekend with the team touring Michigan. First up was Eastern Michigan on Friday, a 4-1 loss for the Huskies. On Sunday, NIU took on Western Michigan, which also ended in a loss for the Huskies, this one being a 4-2 final.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies played just a single game, which was on Saturday against Michigan State. They lost 2-0 to the opposing Spartans, falling to 3-6-0 on the season. NIU has just two more non-conference games left in the season, and the team will begin conference play this upcoming weekend against West Virginia.

Football: Northern Illinois traveled to Purdue for its third away game this season. The Huskies came home victorious in a 55-24 final. The game was close after the first quarter, but after 38 points combined in the second and third quarters, the Huskies were comfortably ahead to the point where they brought in backups to finish the game.

Volleyball: NIU played two games over the week. The first was at Western Michigan on Thursday, in which the Huskies came back from down two sets to one to win 3-2. The second was at Bowling Green, where the team lost in straight sets, 3-0

Cross Country: NIU attended the Roger Griak Invitional in Minnesota on Saturday. The Huskies finished 27th overall. Ali Olson had the best finish on the team, ending her race in 151st place out of 300 competitors. 

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois competed in the Badger Invitational, held at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. The team finished 13th overall, and they were lead by Nick Huggins, who tied for 33rd overall. Huggins had a three-round total of 226, his best round coming to open the invitational when he shot a 73.

Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in the Kangaroo Invitational, held at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. They finished fourth out of the nine competing teams, being just five strokes behind third place UKMC. Casey LaBarbera lead NIU with a three-round total of 232, her best round being the second when she shot a 74. 


Storify: Northern Illinois Football's Historic win at Purdue

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Football: NIU improved to 3-0 after a tight 43-39 victory against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The Huskies were down 20-0 mid-way through the first quarter, but a 30-0 run by the team propelled them to the 22nd straight home victory for NIU.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois played two games last weekend in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The first was a 2-1 loss against Farleigh Dickinson on Friday. In the second game against Saint Mary's on Sunday, NIU was able to reverse the result from Friday and claim its own 2-1 victory.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies closed out non-conference play when they traveled to Chicago for a match against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers. The game ended in a 1-0 loss for NIU, making it five straight games in which the Huskies have failed to record a win. NIU is now 2-5-1 on the season.

Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois competed in the Drake Invitational with seven other teams. The team was able to take one of the four flights in the event. The Huskies also went undefeated in consolation matches. On the first day, one doubles team was able to make it to the final round of the flight before falling.

Men's Golf: NIU played in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, held in Zionsville, Ind. The team finished 14th overall after three rounds of play. Pierrick Fillon had the best performance for the Huskies, producing a three-round total of 236. His best round was the third, in which he scored a 75.

Volleyball: The Huskies went unbeaten in the Huskie Invitational volleyball tournament held over the weekend. The team went 3-0 to improve to 8-6 overall. On Friday, NIU beat George Washington 3-0 and IPFW 3-1. On Saturday, the Huskies swept Oakland, 3-0