Oct. 22, 2010
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior Engebreth Faerden assisted two goals, but his playmaking was not enough as the Northern Illinois men's soccer team fell 3-2 to Buffalo, Friday night.
The Huskies went up early in the match as Faerden, a native of Olso, Norway, found countryman Finn Jor in the 10th minute to put NIU on top 1-0. The goal came after a foul deep in Buffalo territory. Jor got under a precise free kick from Faerden to head the ball home. The Bulls would answer 12 minutes later as Buffalo's Mike Unwin found the net in the 22nd to tie the match.
Buffalo would put in two more scores in the 40th and 57th minutes to take 3-1 lead. The Huskies pressed on, fighting against the odds to score again and get within one goal. Faerden was again credited with the assist after taking a shot that ricocheted off the post to Tim King who put the ball away to bring the Huskies within one. King's goal came in the 81st minute, but it would be the last for NIU.
"The last 30 minutes our guys were extremely committed, doing everything we could possibly do to get the goal back," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said. "I don't look at it as much as we just lost the game, as we just ran out of time."
Northern Illinois fell to 6-6-2 on the year, and 0-4-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Buffalo improved to 6-7-1 overall and 2-2 in league contests.
The Huskies outshot Buffalo in both periods, including a 13-8 advantage in the second half, to accumulate a 21-15 shots margin. NIU placed eight attempts on target, forcing Buffalo goalkeeper Ryan Aubrey to make six saves. Northern Illinois also tallied more corner kicks than the Bulls, with a 6-1 advantage.
Northern Illinois concludes a four-match road trip at Western Michigan, Oct. 27, before returning home for Senior Day to face Bowling Green, Oct. 30.