Huskies Fall One Goal Short in Home Finale

GO HUSKIES Kyle Knotek and the Huskies fell 1-0 to Wisconsin, Wednesday.
Kyle Knotek and the Huskies fell 1-0 to Wisconsin, Wednesday.

Oct. 29, 2008

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DeKALB - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team outshot Wisconsin 16-6, but the Badgers picked up the only goal of the match to take a 1-0 win, Wednesday at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

The result moves the Huskies to 8-4-4 on the year (3-1-1 Mid-American Conference), and it is their first loss to a team not currently ranked in the top-10 of the weekly NSCAA Top-25. Wisconsin improved to 9-6-2, with a 1-4-1 record in Big Ten play, with the win.

Wisconsin's Scott Lorenz scored the lone goal in the 31st minute with an assist from Zack Lambo to lift the Badgers to their first win in DeKalb since 1996. Lorenz received a long ball along the left side of the box and lofted it past NIU keeper Joe Zimka (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs) for the score.

"It wasn't good enough today," head coach Steve Simmons said of his team's outing. "We need to be more effective at making plays when it really matters."

For NIU, nine different players took shots in the match. But only four of NIU's shots were on goal, two from senior Drew Jeskey (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and two from Danny Lopez (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson).

Wisconsin had just two shots on goal, and six total shots for the match.

"The had one good chance and they scored on it," Simmons said. "Credit to them for being opportunistic."

In addition to outshooting the Badgers, NIU had a slight 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.

The Huskies return to action Sunday, when they travel to Durham, N.C. to face Duke at noon.



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