Oct. 3, 2009
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ONEONTA, N.Y. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team tied the match in the 78th minute, but fell to Hartwick in the Huskies' Mid-American Conference opener, Saturday.
"It was bodies flying, people sprinting, and an intense conference battle." NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said. "The way they played made it hard to do anything offensively for both teams."
Sophomore Tim King (Arlington Heights, Ill./Conant) tied the game 1-1 with a goal with 12 minutes left in regulation on a header off a cross from Francis Otira (London, England/Finchley Catholic). The Huskies fell to 5-4-1 on the year, and are 0-1-0 in MAC play.
"Tim did a good job to get in between a couple of their defenders and head it home," Luzzi said.
The Hawks scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute, as Nick Roydhouse found the net off a pass from Dan Summers.
After a scoreless first period, Hartwick took a lead early in the second. Nick Pratico headed the ball past NIU keeper Jordan Godsey (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) after a corner kick in the 48th minute.
Godsey made five saves in the match, but faced 15 shots in the loss. Northern Illinois shot the ball seven times, twice on goal.
Northern Illinois returns home to face No. 15 Northwestern, Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.