Huskies Fall to Washington in Portland

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Sept. 5, 2010

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team allowed a goal in the 73rd minute, dropping a 1-0 decision to Washington at the Nike Invitational.

NIU fell to 0-1-1 in the early season. Washington improved to 1-1-0.

"It was not the energy that is typical of one of our teams," head coach Eric Luzzi said. "We had a number of our normally consistent, good players not have a good game individually."

The match's only score came off a deflected throw from Washington's Brent Richards. The toss lofted over the head of NIU keeper Jordan Godsey, who reached high to snatch the ball, but instead deflected it into his own net. By rule, Richards is credited with scoring the goal.

"There was a little bit of response to the goal, but not with the urgency we would expect of an NIU team," Luzzi said.

Luzzi's group narrowly outshot UW, 11-10, but Washington put more chances on goal with four to Northern Illinois' two.

"Mentally we didn't bring the same battle mentality that we normally do to all of our games," Luzzi said. "We're going to have to have a long conversation with our staff and our guys to figure out why were so flat and not sharp."

NIU opened the season at the tournament, Friday, tying 19th-ranked Portland, 0-0. UW is the first of back-to-back opponents from the Pac-10 Conference. Northern Illinois opens its home schedule Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. against Oregon State in the NIU adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational.