Butler Nets Late Goal to Sink Huskies, 2-1

GO HUSKIES Junior Chris Johnson scored the first goal of his Huskie career, Sunday.
Junior Chris Johnson scored the first goal of his Huskie career, Sunday.

Sept. 16, 2007

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DeKALB, Ill. - Butler midfielder Dustin Mares netted a goal in the 108th minute of play to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 victory over Northern Illinois, Sunday at Huskie Stadium.

The golden goal was set-up by a long throw from Kyle Vondenbenken, which was deflected by several players inside the six-yard box before Mares found the lower right corner for the game-winner.

Despite the loss, Huskie head coach Steve Simmons feels like his team is close to where the need to be competitively.

"It's not a major overhaul," Simmons said. "It's details that we need to fix."

The Huskies (1-2-3) went ahead in the match 1-0 in the 31st minute of play. Junior transfer Chris Johnson (Colorado Springs, Col./Yavapai C.C.) took a cross in the middle from Kyle Knotek (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and headed the ball past Bulldog keeper Fabian Knopfler for the first goal of Johnson's NIU career.

The Bulldogs (3-0-3) didn't find an equalizer until late into the second period. In a three minute span, NIU was called for three fouls within 25-yards of the goal, each of which set-up Butler free kicks. The first two chances from Bulldog Boris Gatzky ended innocently, but the forward was able to beat Huskie keeper Joe Zimka (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs) with his third attempt to tie the match 1-1.

"There are certain things in the game that you just can't defend," Simmons said. "That was a world-class shot."

Six minute into the first overtime period, Northern Illinois' Steve Kolzow lofted a ball over the head of Knopfler and into the net. The potential game-ender, however, was called off, as officials determined Kolzow was offsides.

The Huskies outshot Butler 15-9 in the match, pressuring Knoplfer into five saves. Senior Marcus McCarty (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge) led the team with four attempts.

Northern Illinois continues the 2007 campaign with a trip to the west coast, where they will compete against Oregon State and Gonzaga, Sept. 21-22 in Corvallis, Oreg.



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