Sept. 14, 2007
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DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to capture a 2-2 tie with UMKC, Friday in the NIU-adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational.
"The comeback showed tremendous character," NIU head coach Steve Simmons said. "But you don't want to make your living as cardiac kids."
The Huskies (1-1-3) went down early in the match when UMKC's Ali Dorri connected on a free kick from just outside the box to give the Kangaroos a 1-0 advantage.
UMKC (3-1-1) padded the lead in the 28th minute, when Bryan Perez found the net with a 20-yard blast from the top of the arc.
"We were very flat to start," Simmons said. "UMKC was a 3-1 team coming in, and they showed why."
Northern Illinois responded less than three minutes after the Perez score, when Fraser Gibson (Dumbarton, Scotland/Dumbarton Academy) took a shot off a rebound to beat UMKC keeper Ken Cooper.
The goal seemed to revitalize NIU, who dominated possession and opportunity over the remainder of the match. The Huskies went into halftime trailing 2-1, but outshot the Kangaroos 19-7 in the second half and overtimes.
Despite the abundance of chances, Northern was only able to capitalize once, when Steve Kolzow (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) crossed a ball from the left side into the possession of Marcus McCarty (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge), who placed a shot into the lower right portion of the goal.
"Marcus made the most of the opportunity and put it away," Simmons said.
The tie is NIU's third of the season, making 2007 the first season since 1978 in which the Huskies have tallied three ties.
Northern Illinois returns to Huskie Soccer Field for its second match of the NIU-adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational, Sunday, when the team faces Butler at 2:30 p.m.