Huskies Pick Up Third Straight Big Ten Win

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Oct. 13, 2010

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EVANSTON, Ill. - Freshman Mino Kayser tallied two assists and Mike Mascitti scored his first career goal, helping the Northern Illinois men's soccer team to a 2-0 win at Northwestern, Wednesday night at Lakeside Field.

"Northwestern doesn't give up a lot of goals, so to come to their field and score two goals is a great accomplishment for our team," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said.

The Huskies improved to 6-4-2 with the win, their third consecutive and second this season over an opponent from the Big Ten Conference. NIU is now 2-0-0 against the Big Ten this year, with a 4-1 aggregate score in those matches. Northwestern fell to 6-5-1 with the loss, which snapped a three-match Wildcat winning streak.

Northern Illinois notched its sixth shutout of the season, limiting Northwestern to nine shots.

"Northwestern is also capable of scoring a lot," Luzzi said. "Our guys in the back limited their chances and made it difficult for them."

The Huskies went into halftime leading 1-0 on the strength of Mascitti's 18th minute goal. After a Northwestern foul 15 yards past midfield, Kayser launched a free kick into the box. The ball lofted over every defender in the area to the far post, where Mascitti was waiting unmarked. The redshirt freshman took one touch to settle the ball before blasting it into the back of the net for his first Huskie score.

Sophomore keeper Jordan Godsey made a pair of highlight saves in the first half to keep NIU ahead. The first stopped a right-footed volley by Piero Bellizzi in the 12th minute. Godsey also halted an attempt by Kyle Schickel with a diving stop in the 26th. Godsey totaled three saves in the period, which saw NIU outshoot the Wildcats 8-5.

NIU secured the win with a goal in the 81st. Kayser played the ball from the corner to Luis Mojica, who arced it into the box where Finn Jor headed home.

Godsey added two more spectacular saves in the second, stopping a pair off shots from inside the box. In the 63rd, Matt Eliason took a strike from 10 yards out that Godsey got in front in. Twenty minutes later, Jason Drews fired another shot from inside the 18-yard box, but Godsey again made the stop to prevent any thought of a Wildcat comeback.

The win stands as the second over Northwestern in the last four seasons, and the first victory over the Wildcats at Lakeside Field since 2000.

NIU will take the momentum of the win into a crucial four-match stretch against Mid-American Conference opponents, three of which are on the road. The Huskies open the string of conference games at Florida Atlantic, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.