Huskie Women, Men Pass Alumni Soccer Tests,But NIU Men Fall Short in Exhibition to DePaul


August 20, 2005

Men’s 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

Scoring Summary:
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, 1st half

Overall Shots 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

Fouls Offsides 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.

Huskie Women, Men Pass Alumni Soccer Tests,But NIU Men Fall Short in Exhibition to DePaul

DeKALB, IL — Northern Illinois University’s 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 University.

In the day’s 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 Minniti’s 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. DePaul’s 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 didn’t finish them,” NIU coach Steve Simmons said. “With six guys out, we had a lot of freshmen who got to see what it’s 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 I’ll be happier when we finish them.”

In the middle contest of the day, the varsity Huskies didn’t 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 Friday’s golf outing, today’s matches with the 26 alums, some of whom certainly showed that they’ve still got game.”

The day began with coach Marci Miller’s 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. Johnson’s second assist capped the scoring on Jenna Claussen’s goal. Carrie Dvorak posted the shutout in net for the women’s varsity.

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.



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