Aug. 22, 2008
DeKALB - Midfielder Brad Horton lived up to College Soccer News' label of one of "100 Freshmen to Keep an Eye On" in Northern Illinois men's soccer's first home match of the season.
The Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore H.S.) native scored a goal and assisted on another as the Huskies played to a 2-2 exhibition draw with Marquette.
"He was tremendous today," Head Coach Steve Simmons said. "He was the most dangerous player on the field."
After going down 1-0 in the early going, the Huskies battled back thanks to Horton scoring on a penalty kick in the 50th minute of the 120-minute long contest. Sophomore Juan Hoyos (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) added to the NIU lead by tapping in a deflected throw-in from Horton in the 67th.
Simmons had mixed feelings about his team's performance, especially a series of missed opportunities from the box.
"I think the turning point of this match was when we had a couple chances to put it away, and didn't," he said. "There were spurts I was happy with and there were some spurts I wasn't happy with."
Freshman Finn Jor (Olso, Norway/Academy for Elite Athletes) came inches away from giving NIU an extra goal, as he headed a ball into the cross bar early in the second period. Two minutes later, Drew Jeskey (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) missed high. Those chances came in addition to several opportunities where Marquette failed to clear the ball, but no NIU player could put laces to leather to score.
The Golden Eagles scored in the third and 80th minutes of play to give the match its final result. Marquette accumulated three yellow cards in an eight minute span in the last of three 40 minute periods to go with 18 fouls.
Simmons was satisfied with the progress his team made since its exhibition opener against DePaul five days ago.
"The big picture for me is that I wanted to move one step closer to (the season) opening, and we did," he said.
The Huskies open the regular season Friday, Aug. 29 against IUPUI at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic.