Soccer Draws With WKU Hilltoppers; Finish Second in Lakeside Classic
Sundays (Sept. 4) match-up of speed versus size became a stand-off
and the result was reflected in a 0-0 overtime deadlock for the
Northern Illinois University mens soccer squad against Western
The draw was
still enough to earn the Huskies a second-place finish in Northwestern
Universitys Third Annual Lakeside Classic. The host NU Wildcats
claimed the title thanks to a 1-0 overtime victory over St. Francis
(PA) University. In Fridays opening round, Northern Illinois
topped SFU 2-1 while Northwestern was also a 2-1 winner over WKU.
our chances as did they, NIU coach Steve Simmons admitted.
Considering we werent totally in sync today, 0-0 is
a fair result. Theyre a big, physical team. They may have
had the better first half, but we were sharper in the second and
we were able to carry that momentum into the overtime sessions as
well. Both teams had some chances. Overall, I felt that our performance
was average, but we were still able to get a draw and a shutout.
dominated the match as both teams goalies earned just one
save over the course of 110 minutes of action. In terms of overall
shots, both schools also registered seven tries with the Huskies
having a 7-6 edge when it came to corner kicks.
size, they tried putting the ball up a lot, but I thought Steve
Algozino (Frankfort / Lincoln-Way East) and Chris Rufa (Downers
Grove / South) took away many of their opportunities. They were
tremendous in the second half and in overtime. I also thought Steve
Goletz (Downers Grove / South) was solid in earning the shutout,
juniors Justin McGrane (Rockford / Boylan) and Kevin Woerner (Elmhurst
/ York) were named to the Lakeside Classic All-Tourney unit along
with sophomore Curt Zastrow (North Freedom, WI / Reedsburg Area).
NIU brings a
1-0-1 ledger into Fridays (Sept. 9) 5 p.m. home opener against
Western Illinois University before a Sunday (Sept. 11) 1 p.m. contest
at Valparaiso University.