Sept. 26, 2007
MADISON, Wis. - Northern Illinois' men's soccer team lost 4-0 to Wisconsin, Wednesday, breaking the Huskies' three-match winning streak in the series.
"I give a lot of credit to Wisconsin," NIU head coach Steve Simmons said. "I was also very proud of our guys, because they kept fighting and maintained positive attitudes and work ethics through the end."
The Badgers (5-2-2, 0-0-1 Big Ten) scored three goals in the first half, and added a tally late in the second to earn their first victory over NIU since 2003.
"They scored on three counters, and what was essentially an own goal," Simmons said, referring to the Badgers' first score, which deflected off a Huskie before finding the net.
Northern Illinois (2-4-3) was unable to capitalize on a pair of quality chances in the first half. On the first, a Wisconsin clear deflected off Algozino to Marcus McCarty (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge), who's shot from the box was blocked during an aggressive Badger tackle.
On the Huskies' second chance, Kyle Knotek (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) played a clever pass to Fraser Gibson (Dumbarton, Scotland/Dumbarton Academy) for a chance on the left side of the box. Gibson's shot, one of Northern's clearer looks on goal of the first half, went high.
"We certainly had our chances early in the match," Simmons said. "We've got to finish those in the future."
The Huskies play one more match before starting Mid-American Conference play, as they face Drake, Sunday at 2 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.