Illinois Men's Soccer Opens Season With 2-1 Victory
Evanston, IL Northern Illinois University men's soccer team
opened the 2005 campaign with a win in Evanston, IL. defeating St.
Francis (Pa.) 2-1, and snapped a five year season-opener losing
our forwards were in form and that was very good to see," said
assistant coach Ian Clerihew.
were fueled by an early goal from junior Kevin Woerner on a pass
from fellow junior Justin McGrane at the 15:50 mark. The Huskies
would have more scoring opportunities in the first half taking seven
shots, but they would not be able to capitalize on another opportunity
in the half.
did not ease up. Sophomore Curt Zastrow knocked in NIU's second
goal in the 63rd minute. Zastrow, a MAC First Team honoree last
season looks as if he has not lost a step this season. Northern
Illinois out shot St. Francis 12-4 for the game.
SFU scored its
only goal in the 75th minute on a shot by Scott Thompson. The goal
brought St. Francis within one, but they were never able to muster
another good scoring opportunity.
defense was solid allowing only two shots on goal and only three
corner kicks. The strong play by the Huskie defense will provide
excellent balance to a talented offensive team.
NIU will be
back in action on Sunday September 4, 2005 in Evanston, IL when
they take on Western Kentucky. Kickoff is 12 pm in Evanston.