Sept. 20, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
The Northern Illinois men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to South Carolina (4-1-1) after the Huskies (3-3-1) surrendered a late goal to the Gamecocks in the final game of the Northwestern Lakeside Classic in Evanston, Ill., Sunday.
South Carolina's Sam Arthur gave the Gamecocks a 1-0 advantage in the 82nd minute of play after sliding past a defender in the box to score from five yards out. Blake Brettschneider assisted Arthur in the play.
"I don't think there were a lot chances to score for either team," head men's soccer coach Eric Luzzi said. "On our end, we just had too many guys that did not come ready to play their best today. We have a very good team but when you have a lot of guys not having their best day, you are not going to win."
The teams remained close statistically, with the Huskies holding a 5-4 cornerkick and a 7-6 shot advantage, but fell behind, 4-3, in shots on goals. NIU goalkeeper Jordan Godsey (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) posted two saves in the game, allowing one goal.
Ben Thomas (Hamilton, Ohio/Fairfield) led the Huskies with two shots in the contest, but was unable to capitalize on either opportunity. Johnny Tyma (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) and Brad Horton (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) each recorded a shot on goal for the Huskies.
"Up until this point in the season one of the things that we have been so good at is consistency," said Luzzi. "That wasn't the case today and it came back to bite us. South Carolina doesn't make a lot of mistakes and at the end of the day, they're going to be a difficult team to beat if we're not having the best day."
NIU will continue action on the road when the Huskies take on Oregon State, Friday at 10 p.m, at the Oregon State Zaher/Hensor Memorial in Corvallis, Ore. .