Oct. 7, 2009
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DeKALB - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team outshot No. 21 Northwestern 15-11, but fell the to Wildcats 1-0, Wednesday at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
Northwestern forward Matt Eliason, the Big Ten's leading goal scorer, put in the game-winner for the Wildcats (6-1-3, 1-0-0 Big Ten) in the 46th minute. A Huskie foul just outside the NIU box gave Mark Blades a free kick that he sent into the mouth of the goal, where Eliason found the net with a header.
"If we don't bring energy, we don't have much," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said. "For that 60 seconds (to start the second half), their energy outmatched ours."
All five of Northern Illinois' losses have been by one goal, and the record of the teams that have defeated the Huskies is 28-13-8
Northern Illinois fell to 5-5-1 (0-1-0 Mid-American Conference) with the result. All five of NIU's losses have been by one goal, and the combined record of teams that have defeated the Huskies is 28-13-8.
The Huskies had multiple chances in the game, challenging Northwestern keeper Misha Rosenthal with six shots on goal. Each chance came off the foot off a different Huskie, but no one could find the net to equalize the match.
Northern Illinois goalkeeper Jordan Godsey (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) made five saves, bringing his season total to 44. The freshman holds a 0.68 goals against average for the year.
"Today was another very good game for Jordan, which is what we've come to expect from him," said Luzzi, who also complimented the NIU defenders in front of Godsey.
"Their strikers are a handful, and I don't think they had any chances," Luzzi said. "I'd say our back four did pretty well."
Northwestern piled up six corner kicks, including three within the first five minutes of the match. The Huskies stunted those Wildcat set pieces, and accumulated three corners of their own.
Juan Hoyos (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Johnny Tyma (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) led NIU with three shots a piece. Brad Horton (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) and Engebreth Faerden (Oslo, Norway/Academy for Elite Athletes) each added two.
The Huskies will try to even their Mid-American Conference record when they host Buffalo, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m., for Senior Day.