Sept. 26, 2009
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team won for the third time in four matches, outdueling Oregon State, 2-0, Saturday night at the OSU Zaher/Hensor Memorial.
Head coach Eric Luzzi said his players responded well to a physical, high-energy contest to come away with the win.
"They definitely brought a ton of energy and set the tone early from a battle standpoint," Luzzi said. "Our guys did well to go to war when that was required, but also to have some good soccer moments."
Junior Juan Hoyos (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) scored the game-winning goal in the 35th minute after outmuscling a pair of Beavers and putting a loose ball past Oregon State goalkeeper Steve Spangler. The goal is the first of the year for Hoyos, who became the eighth Huskie to score this season.
"That was the sort of goal that only a guy like Juan can score," Luzzi said. "He physically plowed through a couple of defenders, and made a forceful attempt."
With the win, the Huskies (4-3-1) defeated their former coach, Steve Simmons, who guided NIU from 2003-08 before accepting the same position at Oregon State (3-2-2). Luzzi, who coached with Simmons for three seasons for the Huskies, highlighted the importance of the match for his team.
"Tonight, it was NIU versus Oregon State," Luzzi said. "They did play like a Steve Simmons' team. They brought an unbelievable edge, work rate, and a lot of emotion to the game. Our guys did well to deal with that."
Midfielder Brad Horton (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) added an insurance goal in the 74th minute with an assist from senior Danny Lopez (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson). Horton leads the Huskies and ranks second in the MAC with four goals on the year.
Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Godsey (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) kept his scoresheet clean for the third time. He tallied six saves, including five in the first half, when he had to make a spectacular save on an OSU volley from 10-yards out. Godsey's maturity on the field impressed Luzzi as much as his athleticism.
"For a freshman, he manages the flow and tempo and energy of the game like a pro," Luzzi said.
Oregon State outshot the Huskies 14-10, but NIU totaled nine corner kicks to the Beavers' four. Northern Illinois is now 2-0-0 against Oregon State all-time, with a 1-0 win in Corvallis in 2007.
Northern Illinois has now won three of its last four matches by a combined score of 8-1. The Huskies have a quick turnaround as they face Seattle, Saturday at 1 p.m. (CST), in their second match of the Zaher/Hensor Memorial.
"We demand that our players have an ultra-professional approach," Luzzi said. "We have some physical recovery stuff to do tonight, and the hope is that our guys recognize that we are not going accept a split this weekend."