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Northern Illinois senior student-athletes Lauren
Eberts (women's soccer), Samantha Grams (volleyball), Shaakira Haywood (women's
basketball), Jenelle McCalla (track & field) and Amanda Sheppard (softball)
have been honored as 2013 Outstanding Women Student Awards for their
contributions to Northern Illinois University. Awarded annually since 1980, the
honor is given by the NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women to 48
women across all disciplines.
Eberts, who has a 3.762 GPA in public health, played
in every minute of the team's 2012 season. The senior defender helped NIU allow
the fewest goals in the Mid-American Conference and the second-fewest shots on
goal in NIU's program history.
Grams maintains a 3.805 GPA as a health sciences
major. The Forest Park, Ill., native earned Academic
All-MAC honorable mention laurels during her senior campaign with the Huskies
after playing in 24 matches and 62 sets in 2012. Grams totaled 28 kills, 39
blocks and 14 digs during the year, scoring 48 total points during the season.
Haywood has a 3.687 GPA in psychology.
in all 30 games, starting 12 at center in 2012-13 and has played in 37 straight
games dating back to February of 2012. Haywood scored a career-high 73 points,
averaging 2.4 points a game, shooting 43.3 percent (26-60) on the season.
McCalla, who has a perfect 4.0 GPA in psychology, holds the NIU school
record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:01.76. This year, the Whitby,
Ontario, Canada, native qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships in the 60
hurdles, while also contributing on NIU's 4x400 relay teams.
Sheppard has a 3.495 GPA in kinesiology and helped the Huskies reach
the 2013 MAC Championship game. The Oak Forest, Ill., native batted .298 and
ranked second on the team with a .470 slugging percentage, while playing in all
57 games. Sheppard also was second on the team with 18 extra-base hits,
including a team-best 12 doubles and five home runs.
The Huskies extended their winning streak to eight games Saturday with a 48-34 victory at Western Michigan
. After trailing 21-17 at halftime, the NIU offense exploded for 31 points in the second half to put away the Broncos. Jordan Lynch threw for 274 yards and rushed for 136 in the win.Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois notched two huge wins during the past week to improve their standing heading into the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Huskies scored a 1-0 overtime win at Northwestern
following Charlie Oliver's goal in the 91st minute. Their Saturday match against West Virginia followed a similar script, with Isaac Kannah scoring in the 84th minute for a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers
Northern Illinois' season came to an end over the week after returning to the MAC Tournament. The Huskies punched their ticket to the conference tournament Thursday with a 2-1 victory at Toledo
, their first against the Rockets since 2003. Yet, the Huskies' postseason run came to an end Sunday when they fell 2-0 at second-seeded Central Michigan
The Huskies won their 16th game in the last 17 and improved to 7-1 in 2012 with a convincing 37-7 victory at Akron
. Along with Jordan Lynch's 131 rushing yards, the NIU defense held the Zips to 199 yards of total offense, including only 42 rushing yards on 37 carries.Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois' offense continued to struggle this week as they completed a 0-1-1 week. On Wednesday, the Huskies could not complete the comeback on the road as they fell to Valparaiso, 2-1
. Three days later, NIU and Bowling Green battled to a 0-0 tie
The Huskies dropped two close road matches over the weekend. NIU lost to Ohio on Friday, 3-1
, after taking the first set in a battle of last year's two division winners. Northern faced a similar result the next night with a 3-1 loss at Kent State
Northern Illinois kept its MAC Tournament hopes alive over the weekend by splitting their two road matches. The Huskies grabbed a huge win Friday with a 1-0 win against Kent State
when Kate Wirthlin scored in the 71st minute. Two days later, the tables were turned when NIU lost to Ohio, 1-0
Northern Illinois put two golfers in the top 10
of the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. Nick Huggins led the team with a tie for fifth, while Matt Gorman tied for seventh.
Dor Amir led the way for the Huskies by advancing to the round of 16
at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. Maksym Bartiuk also made it to the main draw, while Max Phillips fell just short after blazing through the qualifying draw.
Northern Illinois took 10th place as a team
at the The Preview at Longaberger Golf Club. Allie Parthie paced the Huskies with a fifth place finish, while Connie Ellett and Taylor Ellett took second and third in the Huskie contingent.
Northern Illinois placed three in the top three
of their respective brackets over the weekend at the ITA Regional in Rockford, Ill. Mary Malkin, Cristina Alvarez and Haley Dekkinga each took top three finishes in singles, while
The Huskies became bowl eligible Saturday with a dominant 45-3 Homecoming victory over Buffalo
. Jordan Lynch combined for 361 yards of total offense, while the Huskie defense forced three turnovers on the day. The win marks the fifth straight season that NIU reached the six-win mark.Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois battled two of the nation's top five programs this week, but could not pull out a win in either match. The Huskies battled No. 4 Marquette on Tuesday
, but lost 1-0 after the Golden Eagles scored in the 80th minute. NIU returned to MAC play on Saturday when they fell to No. 3 Akron, 2-0
Northern Illinois dropped two close conference matches over the weekend in their final homestand of the year. NIU rallied from a 2-0 deficit against MAC leader Miami (Ohio) Friday, but a last second goal by the Redhawks resulted in a 3-2 defeat
. Two days later, the Huskies took on Ball State on Senior Day. Following a 71-minute lightning delay in the 25th minute, the Cardinals emerged with a 1-0 victory
Football: Northern Illinois extended their winning streak to five games with a 35-23 win at Ball State to keep the Bronze Stalk. After trailing the Cardinals 23-21 late in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch found Akeem Daniels for a 54-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. About one and a half minutes later, Lynch outran the BSU defense for a 71-yard scoring run to put the game away. The junior QB combined for 402 yards of total offense in the win.Men's Soccer:
NIU improved to 2-0 in MAC play with a 1-0 win against the Hartwick Hawks
Saturday in DeKalb. The match's lone tally came in the 68th minute when Gael Rivera beat Hartwick's goaltender with a hard header.
The Huskies split their two weekend matches as they near the midway point of the conference season. Thursday saw the Huskies drop a 3-0 loss to Western Michigan
at Victor E. Court in a match that was closer than the score indicated. NIU rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Miami (Ohio)
in which they notched a season-high .412 hitting percentage.
Football: Northern Illinois opened MAC play on a positive note Saturday with a 55-24 dismantling of Central Michigan at Huskie Stadium. Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and Jordan Lynch gained 144 yards on the ground as a part of NIU's 407 total rushing yards. In addition, a fake punt by Ryan Neir and fake field goal touchdown by Mathew Sims sparked NIU to victory.Men's Soccer:
NIU started conference play with a 2-0 win on the road against the Florida Atlantic Owls
. After struggling offensively in the non-conference slate, the Huskies got goals from Isaac Kannah and James Stevenson. Jordan Godsey shut out FAU for his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career.
The Huskies returned home after a month on the road with two resounding wins in conference play. On Friday, NIU toppled Ball State, 3-1
, while holding the advantage in most statistical categories. That advantage carried over into Saturday night when they swept Toledo, 3-0
The Huskies went 1-0-1 during their weekend on the road. NIU grabbed their first MAC win of the year Friday with a 1-0 win against Akron
, as Frances Boukidis found the back of the net in the 14th minute for the lone goal of the game. Two days later, the Huskies nearly got their second conference win, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie at Buffalo
Northern Illinois finished 11th out of 51 teams
at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. Courtney Oldenburg paced the Huskies with a 20th place finish at 18:09, which was her second-best 5K time in her four seasons at NIU.
The Huskies claimed five titles at the DePaul Invitational
in Chicago. Arantza De La Torre/Nelle Youel and Haley Dekkinga/Cristina Alvarez each took home titles in doubles Flight A, while Maria Rozo/Stephanie McDonald won in Flight B. In singles, Youel and Dekkinga tied for the Flight B singles title and Mary Malkin won the consolation title in Flight C.
Photo by Kyle Bursaw, Daily Chronicle
Women's Soccer Head Coach John Ross made the front page of this morning's Daily Chronicle as he was featured in a story by Anthony Zilis. Coach Ross explains his start in coaching with Chicago Fire Reserve squad after he finished his playing career.
To read the story, click here.
Football: Northern Illinois captured a huge victory on their home turf Saturday with a 30-23 win against Kansas. Trailing 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch led a 17-point comeback in the final stanza to give NIU their second comeback win in as many weeks. Lynch combined for 369 yards offensively, while the defense tallied four sacks of KU's Dayne Crist.Men's Soccer:
NIU lost both of their matches at New Mexico's Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday, the Huskies went into their fourth overtime game of the year against Denver. However, the Pioneers found the back of the net in the 109th minute for a 3-2 win
. Northern ended their weekend with a 3-0 loss to the No. 5 and host Lobos
Football: Northern Illinois hit the road for the first time in 2012 and escaped West Point, N.Y., with a 41-40 victory over the Army Black Knights. Jordan Lynch combined for 467 yards of total offense - the third-highest single game total in NIU history - and the defense came up with a huge stop inside of two minutes to cap off the rally. The win was also NIU's first road opener win since 2007.Men's Soccer:
NIU split its two matches over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. They opened the tournament with a tough 1-0 loss in the annual LeWang Cup match
against Milwaukee. However, they rebounded Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Iona
The Huskies had a dominant effort Sunday at home with a 4-1 win against South Dakota
. Courtney Ksiazek, Cori Frankenberg, Allie McBride and Kate Wirthlin all found the back of the net in the win.
Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre each won their singles flight over the weekend
at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Combined, NIU went 14-7 in singles and 5-4 in doubles play.
Football: Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and running back Leighton Settle powered the Huskies to a 35-7 win over UT Martin Saturday night at Huskie Stadium. The duo combined for 166 rushing yards on 32 carries for three touchdowns as both averaged over five yards per carry against the Skyhawks for NIU's first win of the 2012 campaign. Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois tied both of their matches in the NIU adidas Invitational. On Friday, Northern and Rhode Island battled to a 0-0 tie
, with the Huskies limiting the Rams to only one shot. Sunday followed with a 1-1 tie against Drake
Cross Country: Senior Courtney Oldenburg broke the school's 34-year old 5K record Friday at the NIU Open as the Northern Illinois cross country team finished in third place. On the day, NIU easily defeated DePaul, UIC and Chicago State. The Huskies' trailed only Northwestern and Marquette in the final standings, falling mere points behind the Golden Eagles. Women's Soccer:
The Huskies again split their weekend matches on the road. The Huskies battled the Northwestern Wildcats and the elements on Friday, but were defeated 2-0
in Evanston. They would rebound on Sunday with a 1-0 win
against Eastern Illinois courtesy of a fourth minute goal from Cori Frankenberg.
The Huskies pushed Iowa to the brink Saturday in Chicago, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as the Hawkeyes scored late to claim an 18-17 victory
. NIU led for the majority of the game and held a 17-9 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, Iowa's Damon Bullock scored the decisive points on a 23-yard run with 2:15 left in the game. The Huskie defense, though, was a huge bright spot in the game, collecting six sacks of James Vandenberg and limited the Hawkeyes to 268 total yards.Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois lost in excruciating fashion Friday night when they fell to Green Bay in double overtime, 2-1
. The Huskies' lone goal of the game came in the 69th minute when James Stevenson found Gael Rivera for a quick shot that tied the match at 1-1. Yet, the Phoenix won the match with a winner in the 102nd minute.
Cross Country: Northern Illinois proved how big of a difference one year could make Saturday, as they claimed the team title at the UIC Opener. Senior Courtney Oldenburg earned her first career win on the day to lead the Huskies to a first-through-fourth finish on the Horse Lake Trail, as Ali Olson, Leah Raffety and Jamie Burr sealed the win for the Huskies.
The inaugural Northern Illinois women's soccer team in 1993 pictured above (NIU Media Services)
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On September 5, 1993, Northern Illinois took the pitch for the first time as a women's soccer program at Valparaiso. It was the first time the Huskies had ever fielded an NCAA program on the women's side of the sport, as men's soccer had already been established for 30 seasons in DeKalb.
This season, the Huskies will turn 20 on the pitch and are the oldest such program in the Mid-American Conference. To put that into context, 12 members of the 2012 squad were not even born when NIU began fielding the team. I was still playing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at that point in time and one year removed from my first and only season of youth soccer (I scored one goal and accrued at least 25-30 offsides flags as a player if I recollect correctly).
That day NIU headed to Valparaiso, which was also the Crusaders first-ever women's soccer match. Michelle Anger scored Northern Illinois' first goal in program history from the penalty spot in the 18th minute of action, the only score of the first half. The Huskies pounced on Valpo like an injured fawn in the second period, putting six goals in net to defeat the Crusaders, 7-0.
The Huskies would go on to finish its first season 7-10-0, highlighted by a program-record 14-0 victory over Teikyo-Marycrest and four goal performance by Andrea Swing, also a program-record that still stands today.
Fast forward to 1997 and Northern Illinois returns to the Mid-American Conference after a 12-year absence from the conference. It was however, the first time in MAC history that the conference sponsored women's soccer as a sport.
With four seasons already under their belt, the Huskies were the most-established program in the newly formed women's soccer league. MAC partners, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, began sponsoring women's soccer in 1995 and Western Michigan followed suit in 1996, two and three years after Northern Illinois founded its program, respectively. Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio all added programs in 1997.
Led by senior Allison Wade and junior Anne Mucci who combined for 30 goals and 25 assists, the Huskies took the MAC by storm, finishing conference play 6-1-0 en route to the first-ever MAC Regular Season Championship. NIU would claim wins over Ohio and Eastern Michigan in the MAC Tournament to finish the season 12-8-1.
Wade's 19 goals in a single season are still the gold standard in the Northern Illinois women's soccer annals.
Northern Illinois followed up in 1998, going 14-7 with tournament and regular season championships and Mucci became just the 23rd player (at the time) in NCAA Division I women's soccer to score 40 goals and 40 assists or more in a career. She still owns the school record for goals, assists and points (43/43/129) in a career and is still only one of 41 players (U.S. Women's National team legends Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly and Heather O'Reilly amongst the company) to score 40 goals and assists in a career.
Since winning the first two tournaments and regular season championships, Northern Illinois women's soccer has had its highs and lows since then. The team has advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament five times and reached the championship game in 2006 but fell to Toledo, 2-1.
First year Head Coach John Ross, the fourth gaffer (International soccer term for coach) in program history, is looking to restore some of that tradition at NIU. Ross, a native of Elmhurst, Ill., spent the last nine seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at North Dakota State, helping lead the Bison to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. NDSU tied Texas A&M, 1-1, in the contest before falling in penalty kicks, 4-3.
Ironically enough, the start of the 2012 season (though it was a preseason exhibition mind you) began in Valparaiso August 8, where the Huskies defeated the Crusaders, 1-0, on a goal off of a loose ball in the goalkeepers box by Frances Boukidis in the 52nd minute. Last Sunday, NIU recorded a 0-0 draw with IPFW to close the preseason and begin preparations for its regular season opener at Drake August 17.
The Huskies did not surrender a goal in 180 minutes of preseason play, 135 of which were played by sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Libricz. The Algonquin, Ill. native played brilliantly in the full 90-minutes versus IPFW, stopping two shots and thwarting several attacks, stepping up to collect or clear any through ball passes from the midfield.
Based solely on watching both preseason matches, I like what I've seen from the women. There's a new energy in the team and it can be seen on the pitch in the players attitudes and playing style.
I think the 20th season could be a fun one.
Football season is just around the corner - in both the United States and in many places around the world, including the United Kingdom - Though the version we are used to in the states is a little different to those abroad.
With training camp and friendly matches currently underway in England, there's a lot of news to be posted on the professional clubs websites. For Huddersfield Town, a team that recently gained promotion to England's second tier of football (one division lower than Manchester United or reigning champions Manchester City), there's a lot of news to share with transfer news (the free agency market) and of general stories for the upcoming season.
As you might remember in May, The Daily Chronicle wrote a story on junior-to be Amy Carr and her plans for the summer, that included a trip to South Africa where she taught the beautiful game to underprivileged youth in the country. While in South Africa, she also enjoyed the sites of the country and went on safari during her last week in the country. Needless to say, it had to have been the experience of a lifetime.
If you ask Amy what her favorite club is, she will promptly tell you that it is Huddersfield Town and the passion for the club runs through the family as her father is huge supporter of the club. When Carr went on her trip and solicited donations online for her trip to benefit the youth, the Terriers donated jerseys to the kids for Amy to distribute to first year students at the Cape Town's Observatory Junior School.
Huddersfield Town featured the story on its website and interviewed Amy to recall her experience of delivering the kits.
In her two seasons at Northern Illinois, Carr has logged 35 career starts in 37 careers caps with a career goals against average 1.46 and nine carer clean sheets, third-most in program history. Before she came to Northern Illinois, she played with Reading FC and Chelsea FC's women's teams and was selected to represent England at the FIFA U17 World Cup in New Zealand.
Junior to be Amy Carr will be making a trek across the Atlantic this summer, and not just to go home. No, the native of Hemel Hempstead, England will be making a trip to Cape Town, South Africa this summer to teach and coach the fundamentals of soccer and other sports like rugby and cricket to children ages 7-to-16 for four weeks this summer. Daily Chonicle sports writer Steve Nitz interviewed Carr last Thursday and the story appeared in this morning's edition.
Northern Illinois' sophomore goalkeeper Amy Carr will embark on an adventure of a lifetime this coming May when she travels to Cape Town, South Africa to teach and coach school aged children ages 5-to-13 english and soccer, amongst other sports. Carr, a two-year starter for the Huskies and a native of Hemel Hempstead, England, has started a website to chronicle her journey this summer in Africa. Check out the website and see what she has in store.
More information to follow on NIUHuskies.com
The Huskies closed out October with a light week of competition, as only five teams were in action. Despite the short week, it was a highly successful one with volleyball extending their season-long winning streak and men's soccer clinching a spot in the MAC Tournament.
The Huskies made it nine in a row this weekend in Michigan as they recorded wins at Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. On Friday, NIU avenged last month's home loss to the Eagles with a 3-1 victory
in Ypsilanti, Mich. The win also gave Huskie head coach Ray Gooden his fourth 20-win season in ten season at Northern. The Huskies followed that up Saturday with another 3-1 win
, this time against the Chippewas of Central Michigan.
Northern Illinois posted their third-straight conference win and clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament with a 3-0 rout of Bowling Green
. Pat Sloan, Kenny Kranz and Jayson LeSeth all scored goals for the Huskies in the win, while goalie Jordan Godsey made four saves to record the shutout. The shutout was the ninth of the season for NIU.Women's Soccer:
The Huskies closed out their 2011 season with a tough 2-0 loss to Western Michigan
in DeKalb. NIU had several chances to score, but was unable to find the back of the net in the loss. Northern finishes the season with a 2-15-2 record overall and 1-10-0 in the MAC.Cross Country:
Northern Illinois placed 11th at the MAC Championships
Saturday in Muncie, Ind., posting a one spot improvement from last season. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a time of 23:01.60, taking 54th place in the field. In second place for the Huskies was Claire McAuley, who crossed the finish line in 23:05.10.Wrestling:
NIU kicked off their 2011-12 season Saturday afternoon
with the annual Wrestle-Offs. The exhibition, which helps determine the starting lineup for the season, saw the Black team top Red by a 17-14 margin. Nick Smith, Kevin Fanta, Tyler Loethen and Arber Bebo notched wins for Black, while Rob Jillard, Caleb Busson, Mike Lukowski and Jared Torrence got wins for Red.
The Huskies kick off November with football taking on Toledo at the Glass Bowl Tuesday night and men's basketball opening their season with an exhibition at the Convocation Center against Carthage. In addition, volleyball is at home against Toledo and Ball State, wrestling hosts Stanford and North Central and men's soccer travels to Milwaukee and Hartwick.
It was clearly a successful week for Northern Illinois, as they won all but two games during the past week. Meanwhile, men's golf and women's tennis posted excellent performances in their final competitions of the fall season
After building a 31-10 lead through three quarters, the Huskies held on to beat Buffalo Saturday, 31-30
, when the Bulls missed what would have been the tying extra point with 14 seconds to go. During the game, Chandler Harnish broke another NIU career record by surpassing George Bork's completion record in the second quarter. On defense, the Huskies picked off two passes and recovered two muffed punt returns.Volleyball:
Northern Illinois pushed their winning streak to seven with two dominating wins over MAC East opponents over the weekend. On Friday, the Huskies blanked Kent State, 3-0
, courtesy of 51 kills and a 33.6 hitting percentage. NIU repeated that performance Saturday against MAC East leader Ohio, sweeping the Bobcats, 3-0
, in a rematch of last season's MAC Tournament championship.
NIU posted their first two wins in MAC play during the week to improve to 2-2 in conference and 10-4 overall. On Wednesday, the Huskies used two second half goals from James Stevenson and solid goaltending from Jordan Godsey to shut out Western Michigan, 3-0
. For Sunday's Senior Day, it was Stevenson again who was the hero, finding the back of the net in the 41st minute to lift Northern past Florida Atlantic, 1-0
The Huskies wrapped up the road portion of their schedule over the weekend, dropping two matches in Ohio. Against Miami (Ohio), the Huskies fell 3-0 after being outshot 19-8
in the match. The team's struggles continued Sunday, when they fell to Bowling Green by a 2-0 margin
despite holding the Falcons without a shot in the first half.Men's Golf:
Northern Illinois traveled to Maryland Monday and Tuesday for the Georgetown Intercollegiate, placing seventh out of 12 teams
. Bryce Emory paced the Huskies with a third place finish individually, while Matt Gorman took 27th place. The tournament was NIU's last for the fall season, as they will return to action in February for the MAC Match Play tournament.Women's Tennis:
The Huskies put the finishing touches on their 2011 fall season over the weekend, as they hosted the ITA Second Chance Regional
in Rockford, Ill. In singles, the team posted eight wins over the weekend, while they were 4-2 in doubles play.
It will be a relatively light week for NIU Athletics, as only five teams will be in action. In DeKalb, women's soccer wraps up their season with a match Thursday against Western Michigan and wrestling begins their season Saturday with the annual Wrestle-Offs. Also, volleyball heads east to face Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, men's soccer battles Bowling Green Saturday and cross country competes in the MAC Championships in Muncie, Ind.
The middle week of October was a successful one for NIU Athletics. The hallmark moment was off the field, though, as the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center Campaign kicked off Saturday before the Huskie football team took on Western Michigan for Homecoming. The 83,500 square foot facility will house a full-size, 120-yard
artificial surface football practice field with buffer space surrounding
the field on all sides, in addition to a four-lane track, batting cages, and storage cages, among other amenities.
It was a very successful Homecoming for the Huskies, as NIU throttled West Division rival Western Michigan, 51-22
. Northern accumulated 697 yards of total offense against the Broncos, including 494 on the ground. In addition, Chandler Harnish became the 11th quarterback in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision history to gain 200 yards rushing and passing in the same game.Volleyball:
Northern Illinois earned their second consecutive 2-0 weekend with two key wins over MAC East foes Akron and Buffalo. On Friday, the Huskies were pushed to five sets against the Zips, but used a commanding fifth set to propel them to a 3-2 win over UA
. NIU returned to the court Saturday night against Buffalo, defeating the Bulls in a 3-0 sweep
. Sophomore Lauren Wicinski led the Huskie attack with a career-high seven aces.
NIU traveled to Northwestern in their lone match of the week Wednesday. Despite solid defense in the first half and some chances on offense, the Wildcats dropped the Huskies at Lakeside Field, 2-0
. The loss was the first for NIU against a Big Ten opponent in over two years.Women's Soccer:
It was a heartbreaking two matches for the Huskies, as they were dealt two one-goal losses at home. On Friday, NIU lost to Eastern Michigan, 1-0
, on a windy day at the NIU Soccer Complex. The Huskies returned to action Sunday afternoon with a match against defending MAC champion Central Michigan. Despite limiting the Chippewas' offense to only seven shots on goal, Northern still dropped the match, 1-0
The Huskies wrapped up their 2011 regular season with a 14th place out of 21 teams showing at the Bradley Classic
in Peoria, Ill. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a time of 22:42.09, which ranks as the 12th best 6K time in NIU history.Men's Tennis:
NIU headed east to Columbus, Ohio
, for the ITA Midwest Regionals. In the main draws, Axel Lagerlof advanced to the Round of 32 before falling to 15th-seeded Stephen Hoh of Illinois in straight sets. In doubles, Maksym Bartiuk and Roman Turtygin also advanced to the Round of 32, but fell to Ohio State's 12th-ranked duo of Kevin Metka and Steven Williams, 8-1.Women's Golf:
Northern Illinois could not solve the Hawthornes Golf and Country Club course Monday and Tuesday in Fishers, Ind., as they placed 14th at the MAC Preview
. Allie Parthie led NIU tied for 72nd place with a 171-shot performance.
Six Huskie teams will be in action during the upcoming week, including a pair of men's soccer matches at the NIU Soccer Complex Wednesday and Sunday and volleyball hosting Kent State and MAC-leading Ohio at Victor E. Court.
Five Huskie teams were in action during the past week. Among the highlights were Saturday's football win over Kent State and volleyball's two wins in conference play.
Northern Illinois returned to Huskie Stadium Saturday to post a dominating 40-10 victory
over Kent State. The Huskie defense only allowed seven rushing yards and 70 yards of total offense on the day, while recording 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks in the rout. Chandler Harnish found the endzone twice and Matthew Sims was a perfect four-for-four on field goals.Volleyball:
The Huskies won both of their matches during the week to improve to 4-2 in MAC play. On Thursday, NIU swept Western Michigan, 3-0
, while sophomore Lauren Wicinski became the fastest Huskie to join the 1,000 kill club. Northern doubled Thursday's performance Saturday night by topping Miami (Ohio), 3-0
, on NIU Volleyball Alumni Night.
The Huskies kicked off a three-game road trip Tuesday when they headed north to face Marquette. After going scoreless in regulation and in the first overtime, Jayson LeSeth launched a shot into the right corner of the MU net to win it for the Huskies, 1-0
. NIU then traveled east to face defending NCAA champion Akron, where they fell to the No. 3 Zips, 2-0
Northern Illinois tallied their first MAC win of the season Friday night, when they defeated Buffalo, 1-0
. Lauren Eberts scored the lone goal with a marker in the 67th minute. On Sunday, NIU and Kent State combined for five goals in the match. However, KSU's two scores in the final four minutes of play edged them ahead of NIU, 3-2
Huskies closed out their home tournament on Monday by placing seventh in the 12-team field
. Allie Parthie paced NIU with a tie for ninth place, while Kelsie Passolt and Katie Kuhn both posted top 30 finishes at the Kishwaukee Country Club.
Northern Illinois' homecoming week will feature seven teams in action, including Saturday's crucial football game against Western Michigan and two home women's soccer matches.
Six Huskie teams were in action during the last full week of September, including volleyball opening MAC action at home and football closing up their non-conference slate against Cal Poly.
Northern Illinois got back on track Saturday with a convincing 47-30 victory over Cal Poly
. The Huskie offense set season-highs in first downs (33), rushing yards (355) and total yards (542), while the defense only allowed seven points in the first half to help NIU to a 34-7 halftime advantage. During the game, quarterback Chandler Harnish broke George Bork's 48-year record of touchdowns accounted for when he hit Perez Ashford on a three-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.Volleyball:
The Huskies split their conference-opening matches over the weekend at Victor E. Court. NIU won only their second conference opener in 10 years on Friday with a 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan
, extending their win streak to four and stopping CMU's win streak at four. That Huskie win streak, though, was snapped on Saturday night, as Eastern Michigan left DeKalb with a 3-1 victory over NIU
Northern Illinois improved to 7-1 on the season Saturday with a 1-0 win over the Drake Bulldogs. The lone goal of the game came from the foot of James Stevenson, who pushed a shot past Drake goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec in the 26th minute. Jordan Godsey was again stellar in net with seven saves on the day.Women's Soccer:
NIU fought long and hard on Friday and Sunday, but lost both matches on their MAC opening weekend. The Huskies welcomed conference favorite Toledo to DeKalb on Friday and took them to overtime before falling 1-0 on an overtime goal by the Rockets
. Their struggles continued on Sunday, as they dropped a 3-0 decision to Ball State
. Men's Golf:
Northern Illinois men's golf team headed to southern California for the Saint Mary's Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, where they finished tied for 13th
with Pacific. Bryce Emory led NIU with a +10, 226 to finish tied for 31st overall, while Nick Schiavi was tied for 33rd with a +11, 227 performance.
The Huskies headed to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Invitational over the weekend
. Axel Lagerlof highlighted NIU's weekend by advancing to the A Bracket finals before falling to Drake's Anis Ghorbel 6-2, 6-2. The Swede also won the doubles consolation bracket, teaming up with Max Phillips to go 2-1 in the doubles side.
The Huskies will wrap up September and begin October this week with a host of competitions. Both soccer team's will be in action Friday through Sunday, while the women's golf team hosts the NIU Huskie Classic Sunday and Monday.
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team earned mention in TopDrawerSoccer.com's women's soccer national column this week for its senior day celebration before the team defeated Loyola 2-0. It was the Huskies final non-conference contest of 2011.
It was an eventful week in Huskie athletics, as six teams were in action during the past week. The main event, of course, was the Soldier Field Showdown II between NIU and No. 7 Wisconsin, where 41,068 people watched the Huskies and Badgers play inside the historic Chicago stadium.
Keyed by 384 yards of total offense from QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois, 49-7, at Soldier Field
. The Huskie offense, meanwhile, could only manage 237 yards of total offense against the stout UW defense. During the game, Dr. Kenneth and Ellen Chessick made
a $3 million gift to Northern Illinois Athletics that will name the
Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Indoor Facility. The gift is the largest
ever made to NIU Athletics and the second largest ever made to the
Northern Illinois won their second and third straight matches over the weekend, as they returned to Victor E. Court to face UIC and South Florida. On Friday night, the Huskies doused the in-state rival Flames in a 3-0 sweep
, as they outhit UIC .371-.103. On Sunday afternoon, NIU moved to 3-0 against Big East teams with a 3-0 win over the USF Bulls
. On the season, eight of NIU's 11 wins have come by sweeps.
The No. 13 Huskies went down to the wire twice over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic, encountering different results both times. On Friday, NIU was shocked in overtime by Xavier, who used an overtime marker to defeat the Huskies, 2-1
. Northern got back on track Sunday afternoon, though, as Gael Rivera's overtime goal sent the Huskies home with a 2-1 win over Cal-Davis
The Huskies turned up the defense in two home matches over the weekend at the NIU Soccer Complex. On Tuesday, NIU outshot Eastern Illinois, 24-7, but was unable to reach the back of the net in a 0-0 tie with the Panthers
. NIU would redeem themselves for Sunday's Senior Day festivities with a dominating 2-0 shutout of Loyola
to earn their first win of the season.Women's Golf:
Northern Illinois women's golf team teed off on their 2011 fall season with two tournaments in neighboring states. On Monday and Tuesday, the Huskies took fourth place at the Green Bay Invitational
in Green Bay, Wis., with Katie Kuhn leading all Huskies with a total of 149. The squad returned to action over the weekend at the Cardinal Classic in Munice, Ind. with an eighth place finish
Northern Illinois began their fall schedule
over the weekend in River Forest, Ill., at the River Forest Collegiate Invitational. Leading NIU on the courts were Maksym Bartiuk and Axel Lagerlof, who both emerged from singles competition undefeated.
With the men's golf team currently in action in sunny California, six teams will be in action over the next week, including football hosting Cal Poly Saturday afternoon and women's soccer and volley each hosting a pair of matches in DeKalb.
The Labor Day weekend was a busy one for Huskie athletics, as five teams were in action during the long weekend. During the week, the Huskies finished 7-1-1 in competition, while volleyball won the Bluejay Invitational in Omaha, Neb., and men's soccer took the Michigan Invitational title.
The Huskies kicked off their season in dominating fashion Saturday night with a convincing 49-26 triumph
over the Army Black Knights. After Army drew within 7-6 midway through
the first quarter, Chandler Harnish and the Huskie offense exploded for
42 unanswered points en route to a 49-6 lead after the third quarter.
The Huskies would finish the game with 509 total yards of offense
against the Black Knight defense.Volleyball:
Coming off a 3-0 win against Green Bay on Tuesday
, the Huskies took home the Bluejay Invitational title in Omaha, Neb. The team opened with a 3-0 sweep of host Creighton
on Friday night. They followed that up on Saturday morning by toppling Marquette by a 3-1 margin
. They would close things out against South Dakota with a 3-0 sweep of the Coyotes
to clinch the tournament title.Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois captured the Michigan Invitational title over the
weekend with two wins over 2010 NCAA Tournament squads. On Friday, NIU knocked off Oakland, 2-1
, on a 85th minute goal from Pat Sloan. They would follow that up on Sunday with a 1-0 shutout of the host Wolverines
, with Sloan scoring the lone tally in the match.Women's Soccer:
The Huskies had two matches over the weekend against Missouri Valley
Conference members Illinois State and Northern Iowa. On Friday, NIU made
the short trip south to Normal, Ill., where they fell to the Redbirds, 5-0
. However, Sunday's performance against the UNI Panthers was more promising in a 1-1 tie
Despite falling behind early, the Huskies tacked on a goal in the 46th
minute from Corrine Frankenberg. However, neither team was able to break
the deadlock.Cross Country:
Northern Illinois opened their 2011 season at the UIC Opener
in Palos Heights, Ill., which was the Huskie debut for head coach Greg
Hipp. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a 12th place finish on
the two-mile course, crossing the line with a time of 11:48.90. Also in
the top half of the field were Claire McAuley (25th - 12:15.10) and
freshman Jamie Burr (26th - 12:15.90).
All five squads will be in
action next weekend as well, including men's soccer hosting the NIU
adidas Invitational Friday & Sunday, women's soccer at home against
Wisconsin Thursday and cross country hosting the NIU Open on the North
40 course Saturday morning. Stay tuned to www.niuhuskies.com for all the
latest news on Huskie athletics.
The Huskies opened the first weekend of the new school year with plenty of action, as the volleyball and women's soccer teams both hosted tournaments, while the men's soccer team traveled to the Gateway City to take on Saint Louis.Volleyball:
The Huskies kicked off their 2011 season with the NIU Invitational, where they compiled a 2-2 record between Friday and Saturday. Northern Illinois opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over IUPUI
. On Friday night, NIU posted an impressive 3-0 sweep against Cincinnati
- a team that went to the NCAA Tournament last season and received votes in the AVCA Preseason Poll. However, the Huskies dropped both of their matches on Saturday, falling to No. 18 Iowa State, 3-1
, and No. 14 Northern Iowa, 3-0
The Huskies used a dominant first half and stingy defense to take down the Billikens of Saint Louis, 2-1
, in NIU's first regular season match of 2011. Northern Illinois tallied goals in the 36th and 42nd minutes - in addition to out-shooting SLU, 8-1 - to take a commanding 2-0 lead into the half. Despite numerous chances for Saint Louis, goalkeeper Jordan Godsey and the NIU defense never relinquished the lead.Women's Soccer:
The Huskies dropped both of their matches this weekend, as they hosted South Dakota State, North Dakota and Western Michigan in the NIU Tourney. On Friday, Northern Illinois took on SDSU and fell by a score of 3-0
, despite shutting out the Jackrabbits in the second half. NIU returned to the pitch on Sunday, but had similar results, as they were downed by the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota, 2-0
The 2011-12 year gets even busier this week, as football and cross country open up their respective seasons, while volleyball, men's soccer and women's soccer all hit the road for more tournament action. Stay tuned to www.niuhuskies.com for all the latest news on Huskie athletics.
After driving 2,100 miles,
covering six Western states in a 53 hour span, I bring to you my first entry in
Huskie Happenings. My name is Matt Scheerer and I'm the newest Assistant Media
Relations Director for NIU, covering women's soccer, men's tennis and baseball.
I come to DeKalb from
Portland State University and am a native of Vancouver, Wash. There I covered
women's soccer, track and tennis, along with producing the department's video
content for their website and Facebook fan page. Before PSU, I was an intern in
Harvard University's Athletic Communications Office. I'm looking forward to bringing
my experience in new media platforms to promote and publicize Huskie Athletics.
While I could
probably write a book about all the driving I've done the last two weeks, a North
Dakota wedding included, and my experience in Sidney, Neb., the birthplace of
Cabelas - The World's Foremost Outfitter - I'm keeping the entry short and
simply using this as an introduction. So if you see me at a game, say hello and
Until next time, Go