Oct. 16, 2010
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team produced 20 shots, including six on goal, but did not score in a 1-0 loss at Florida Atlantic, Saturday night. The Huskies fell to 6-5-2 on the season, and 0-3-0 in Mid-American Conference play. FAU improved to 3-6-2 with a 1-2-0 mark in league action.
"We weren't very sharp; we weren't working at our normal rate or energy, and by extension the soccer wasn't very sharp," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said.
The match's only goal came in the 31st minute, when Florida Atlantic's Martin Nesic put away a cross from Darnell King. The goal was Nesic's first of the season.
"We were just a little slow to transition back, and they ended up with a three-versus-two against us," Luzzi said.
The Huskies outshot the Owls 20-7, and put six shots on goal. Florida Atlantic's only strike on target was the goal. The shot differential included a dramatic 14-3 margin in NIU's favor in the second half. Freshman Mino Kayser tallied two of NIU's shots on goal, and four other players accounted for one each. Kayser and James Stevenson each had five total shots a piece, while Juan Hoyos tallied four.
"We pretty much had the ball the whole time... it just wasn't falling for us," Luzzi said.
Florida Atlantic played the last 30 minutes of the match with 10 players. FAU's Jason Lopaciuk drew a straight red card after a hard tackle on Hoyos during a Huskie attack. The game also saw seven yellow cards pulled, four on the Owls and three against Northern Illinois.
NIU continues MAC play at Buffalo, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
"All we can do is focus on Buffalo," Luzzi said.
The Huskies will then wrap-up a four match road trip Oct. 27 at Western Michigan before returning home to host Bowling Green, Oct. 30, for Senior Day.