Sept. 2, 2007
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EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Marcus McCarty fired the golden goal from 20 yards out to give Northern Illinois a 2-1 overtime victory against Colgate in the Huskies' second match of the Northwestern Lakeside Classic, Sunday.
McCarty's (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge) first score of the 2007 season came with time winding down in the match's first overtime period. A Raider foul in the 100th minute set-up a free kick for the reigning Mid-American Conference Newcomer of the Year, who found the Colgate goalkeeper off-guard to score the game-winner.
"Marcus caught the keeper cheating toward the far post and took it to the near post for game over," NIU Head Coach Steve Simmons described.
Colgate (0-2-0) got on the board first, putting NIU down a goal for the first time this season, scoring in the 68th minute of play. The Huskies (1-0-1) didn't stay down long, however, as Brad Bahr (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap) used a corner kick to find Chris Rufa (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) for a diving header that tied the match 43 seconds after the Raider goal.
The Raiders made the Huskies work for the victory despite playing with only 10 men most of the match. Officials sent Colgate's Eric Anton off with a red card in the 26th minute after tackling NIU's Steve Kolzow.
"Even playing a man down, Colgate was tenacious and disciplined," Simmons said. "We played in the attacking half of the field most of the match, but, as the score shows, they didn't make it easy on us."
For the tournament, the Huskies compiled a 1-0-1 record after tying Bucknell, Friday.
"We played two teams that battled this weekend," Simmons said. "The matches asked a lot of questions of our team, and highlighted a lot that we need to adjust before a tough weekend ahead in South Bend."
The Huskies will face Indiana and Notre Dame at the Mike Berticelli Invitational next weekend in South Bend, Ind. Last season, Northern Illinois played the Fighting Irish to a scoreless draw, and fell 1-0 to the Hoosiers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.