August 20, 2005
College Soccer DePaul University at Northern Illinois University
/ Preseason Exhibition Match /
DeKalb, IL / Huskie Soccer Field / Saturday / August 20, 2005
Score by Halves
1 2 F
DePaul 2 0 2
Northern Illinois 1 0 1
NIU Chris Rufa (Kevin Woerner), 11-yarder off a cross, 3:58
gone, 1st half
DU Alex Kulinczenko (Anthony Minniti) eight-yard header,
9:59 gone, 1s thalf
DU Jeff DeGroot (Anthony Minniti), 14-yard blast, 17:54 gone,
Shots on Goal Corner Kicks
DU 4 - 6 - 10 DU 2 - 3 - 5 DU 0 - 1 - 1
NIU 7 - 10 - 17 NIU 3 - 3 - 6 NIU 1 - 3 - 4
Saves (Goalie / Time)
DU 6 - 4 - 10 DU 3 - 0 - 3 DU (Lucas Zisher / 90) 2 - 3 - 5
NIU 7 - 8 - 15 NIU 0 - 0 - 0 NIU (Steve Goletz / 38:15) 0
(Matt Corcoran / 21:15) 0 - 0
(Joe Zimka / 30:30) 3 - 3
Cautions / Ejections
NIU: Jose Alvarado, Yellow, 34:09, 1st half; DePaul: Patrick
Ferrell, Yellow, 60:53, 2nd half;
Anthony Minniti, 87:49, 2nd half.
Men Pass Alumni Soccer Tests,But NIU Men Fall Short in Exhibition
Northern Illinois Universitys soccer programs successfully
handled challenges from their alumni counterparts as the NIU women
posted a 4-0 triumph before the Huskie men registered a 3-2 victory
only to end a busy Saturday with a 2-1 exhibition loss to DePaul
In the days featured contest, Northern Illinois got off to
a fast start as Kevin Woerner found Chris Rufa in position for a
1-0 Huskie lead just 3:58 into the contest. However, the visiting
Blue Demons regrouped and Anthony Minnitis set-up was sharply
headed home by Alex Kulinczenko at the 9:59 mark. DePaul took a
2-1 lead with 17:54 gone when Minniti tallied his second assist
via a Jeff DeGroot goal.
Both teams had their share of chances, but the score remained unchanged
for the rest of the first half and throughout the second 45-minute
period. NIU starting goalie Steve Goletz was tagged with the two
DU goals. Matt Corcoran finished out the final 6:45 of the opening
half and began the second half before freshman Joe Zimka notched
three saves over the final 30:30. DePauls Lucas Zisher logged
90 minutes in the Blue Demon net with five saves.
I thought we had tons of chances on goal and dominated the
majority of the game offensively, especially in the second half.
Unfortunately we didnt finish them, NIU coach Steve
Simmons said. With six guys out, we had a lot of freshmen
who got to see what its like out there. I believe both teams
still had some errors and DePaul certainly capitalized on our mistakes.
On our end, I was pleased with our chances, but Ill be happier
when we finish them.
In the middle contest of the day, the varsity Huskies didnt
quite start as they would have liked as the NIU Alumni / Legends,
began the scoring at 22:22 when George Zarytsky fed Bernhard Hagevik
for a 22-yard blast that skipped past Matt Corcoran. The lead was
short-lived, however, as Curt Zastrow needed just 1:18 for the equalizer.
Northern Illinois varsity then took a 2-0 lead at the 34:38
timepoint when freshmen Marco Sullo scored thanks to a set-up by
fellow newcomer Brian Abdallah. Much to the Legends pleasure,
they got the equalizer at 35:31 when Hagevik got his second goal
on his ex-teammates.
With 2:51 left to be played in the opening half, Northern Illinois
Fraser Gibson gave the varsity a 3-2 triumph on his unassisted strike.
The highlight of the day was having all the alumni and coach
Dave Bucher back on campus, Simmons said. We had a great
weekend between Fridays golf outing, todays matches
with the 26 alums, some of whom certainly showed that theyve
still got game.
The day began with coach Marci Millers NIU women pitching
a shutout against the Northern Illinois Alumnae. With only 4:44
gone, Elaine Eliadis set up Ingrid Gonzalez for a six-yard header.
Thea Johnson found Megan Kolkay in the open for a 15-yard strike
and a 2-0 lead at 13:20. Just over seven minutes later, Erin Fahey
had the assist on a Audra Gordon rebound putback for a 3-0 halftime
edge. Johnsons second assist capped the scoring on Jenna Claussens
goal. Carrie Dvorak posted the shutout in net for the womens
The NIU men face Marquette University in a final preseason exhibition
contest on Thursday (Aug. 25) at 5 p.m. while the Huskie women officially
open their 2005 campaign on Friday (Aug. 26) at 5:30 p.m. against
the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.