Huskies Host NIU adidas Invitational This Weekend

GO HUSKIES Isaac Kannah and the Huskies make their first home appearance of the regular season this weekend.
GO HUSKIES
Isaac Kannah and the Huskies make their first home appearance of the regular season this weekend.
GO HUSKIES

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Rhode Island (0-2-1) at Northern Illinois (0-2-0)
Date:
Friday, September 7, 2012
Time:
5 p.m.
Location:
NIU Soccer Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
Live Video:
NIUHuskies.com
Live Stats:
NIUHuskies.com
Twitter Updates:
@NIUscores

Drake (1-3-0) at Northern Illinois (0-2-0)
Date:
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Time:
2 p.m.
Location:
NIU Soccer Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
Live Video:
NIUHuskies.com
Live Stats:
NIUHuskies.com
Twitter Updates:
@NIUscores

About Rhode Island

Rhode Island comes to DeKalb with a 0-2-1 record, having drawn 4-4 with Bryant on Monday in the consolation game of the Ocean State Soccer Classic. Matt Sykes scored a pair of goals and recorded an assist for the Rams in the contest. Rhode Island finished last season with a 7-10-1 record.

About Drake
Drake brings a 1-3-0 record to the NIU adidas Invitational. The Bulldogs are coming off a victory over Loyola (Ill.) and a loss to Marquette at home last weekend. Addison Eck leads Drake in scoring with three points (one goal, one assist), no player for the Bulldogs has scored more than once this season. Last season Drake finished with an 11-8-1 mark.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies open their home slate this weekend when they host the NIU adidas Invitational. Last season, NIU had a 5-1-0 record at home in DeKalb, including a pair of wins in their home tournament against Valparaiso and Portland.

Rivera Nets Fifth Career Goal
Trailing by a goal, junior Gael Rivera evened last Friday’s match against UW Green Bay with a goal in the 69th minute. The marker was Rivera’s first goal of the season and the fifth of his NIU career.

Another Huskie Debuts
After five Huskies saw their first collegiate action in the season opener at Creighton (Gabe Christianson, Jabari Danzy, Bertrand Gaschot, Charlie Oliver and Matt Pritchard), another Huskie, Parker Thornton, made his NIU debut at UW Green Bay. Thornton came off the bench to play 22 minutes against the Phoenix.

Stevenson Opens His Account
Senior James Stevenson scored his first goal of the season, and the 10th of his NIU career, in the season opener against Creighton. The Falkirk, Scotland, native led the Huskies with six goals last season

Godsey Strong in Defeat
Senior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey had a strong performance in the season opener at Creighton. Despite the final 3-1 scoreline, Godsey was credited with eight saves, a single-game career high, including stopping a penalty kick in the final minute of the contest.

Huskies Tabbed Third in MAC
Northern Illinois was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll released Aug. 13. Tenth-ranked Akron was picked to win the conference while league newcomer West Virginia was tabbed to finish second behind the Zips.

Climbing the Charts
NIU senior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey continues to put his name into the NIU record books. Godsey set a single-season shutout record in 2011 when he posted 12 clean sheets, giving him 26 total in his Huskie career. With one more shutout, Godsey will set a new school-record for career shutouts, breaking the mark currently held by Markus Roy (1988-91). Godsey also had a 0.70 goals against average last season, the second-best single-season mark in program history. Godsey’s career goals against average of 0.71 is currently the best in NIU history, bettering Joe Zimka’s (2005-08) mark of 0.91.

A Challenging Slate
The 2012 schedule for NIU features four games against foes ranked in the preseason NSCAA Top 25. In addition to its season opener against third-ranked Creighton, the Huskies will play No. 6 New Mexico, No. 10 Akron and No. 20 Northwestern.

50 Seasons of Huskie Soccer
This season, Northern Illinois is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inaugural season. NIU played its first varsity soccer match on October 5, 1962, a 6-0 loss at Grinnell College. The Huskies will be celebrating this anniversary at their Oct. 13 match against Akron.

The Luzzi File
Eric Luzzi enters his fourth season as the head coach at Northern Illinois. Luzzi has compiled a 34-22-3 record at the helm of the Huskies. Luzzi spent three seasons as an assistant at NIU before taking over the program in 2009. On May 24, NIU announced that Luzzi had signed a contract extension through the 2015 season.

Up Next
NIU will return to action next weekend when it competes in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The Huskies will face UW Milwaukee on Friday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., and Iona on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:30 p.m. Both matches will take place in Evanston, Ill.


 

 

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