Sept. 3, 2006
East Lansing, MI The Northern Illinois men's soccer team scored a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Michigan State Spartans Sunday at Old College Field in East Lansing, with the Huskies' winning goal coming with just 18.5 seconds left in double overtime. Marcus McCarty gave the Huskies the last-second victory and a split of the team's weekend matches at the Michigan State/Radisson Classic.
McCarty's game-winning goal came in the 119th minute and was assisted by sophomore Drew Jeskey. The goal derived from a long throw deep in Huskie territory by Kevin Woerner. Jeskey retained control of the ball and McCarty converted to give NIU the win.
Northern Illinois improved to 2-2-0 on the season, while the Spartans were handed their first loss of the season as they fell to 3-1-0. The Huskies victory was especially sweet since MSU was coming off an upset of the No. 3-rated University of New Mexico Lobos 1-0 on Friday (Sept. 1).
"I'm just so proud of the boys," NIU Head Coach Steve Simmons said. "This just goes to show that when our guys are focused and engaged we can really compete with anyone in the country."
According to Simmons, the Huskies outplayed Michigan State in the first half. But, in the second half the Spartans rallied and took control. A good defensive effort kept the Spartans in check and sent the game to overtime.
The Huskies out shot Michigan State in total shots on goal, 4-3, but the Spartans held a 14-9 edge in overall attempts.
Northern Illinois goalie Matt Corcoran earned the fourth shutout of his career.
Northern Illinois will host the NIU adidas/ Baymont Inn Invite next weekend at Huskie Soccer Field where they will open play on Friday (Sept. 8) with a 4:30pm (CST) match against Drake.
(For further information, please contact Katie Hein at 815-753-9572)