Butler Nets Late Goal to Sink Huskies, 2-1

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

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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