SOCCER DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT 2-0 TO EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
DeKALB, IL - The Northern Illinois University men's soccer team
dropped its second straight contest to open the season on Saturday,
2-0 decision to Eastern Illinois University. With the loss, the
Huskies fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Panthers advanced to
2-0. It was the home opener for Northern Illinois.
"We had equal chances early, and they took theirs, while we
didn't," Huskie head coach Steve Simmons stated. "They
converted and then its 1-0 and you're playing from behind."
The Panthers put it between the pipes late in the first half at
the 35:28 mark when Joel Del Toro connected with Jimmy Klatter on
a cross. It was one of nine EIU shots in the first half, but only
three found its way toward the Huskie net, while NIU put four of
its five shots on net.
some good chances, but chances are only half the battle, goals pay
the rent," Simmons added.
In the final session, the Huskies again produced a formidable attack,
putting three shots on goal, but were turned away by Panther netminder
Mike Sims. The half saw much more physical play by the visitors,
as they were whistled on 11 fouls, including a trio of yellow cards,
while the Huskies were called for only five fouls in the half. In
the final seconds of the game, Klatter and Del Toro hooked up again
on a breakaway, with Del Toro getting the glory this time, netting
his goal at 89:49.
"Right now our guys are lacking that final pass, or that final
shot on goal to make it work," Simmons said.
The Huskies hope to put an end to the two match losing streak when
they play host to the Flames of the University of Illinois-Chicago
on Tuesday (September 7). First touch is set for 5 p.m. at Huskie