Huskies Open Home Slate with NIU adidas Invitational

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Sept. 12, 2013

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BUTLER (3-0-1) at NORTHERN ILLINOIS (1-3-0)
Date: Friday, September 13, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. CT
Location: NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
Live Video: NIUTube on NIUHuskies.com
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
Twitter Updates: @NIUscores

UW GREEN BAY (3-0-1) at NORTHERN ILLINOIS (1-3-0)

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Location: NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
Live Video: NIUTube on NIUHuskies.com
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
Twitter Updates: @NIUscores

The Northern Illinois men’s soccer team will make its first home appearance of the 2013 regular season this weekend as the Huskies host the NIU adidas Invitational. NIU will face Butler on Friday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., and UW Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.

Note the time of Friday’s match, 5 p.m., is different from the originally released 7 p.m. start.

About Butler
Butler comes into the weekend with a 3-0-1 record, having beaten then seventh-ranked Louisville, 1-0, last weekend. The Bulldogs are receiving votes this week in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 Poll and are ranked as high as No. 10 nationally by Soccer America. David Goldsmith leads Butler with three goals and one assist in the opening four games of the season, John Dawson has played three of the four matches in goal, posting a 1.24 goals against average.

About UW Green Bay
UW Green Bay enters play this weekend with a 3-0-1 record, the Phoenix won a pair of games last weekend, defeating Western Illinois, 2-1, and Viterbo, 3-1. On the opening weekend of the season, UW Green Bay played to a 3-3 tie with then 12th-ranked Marquette. Sam Krenzien has four goals and Sabastian Xiong has three goals to pace the Phoenix, who are averaging 2.75 goals per contest. Kyle Ihn has played three of the four matches in goal, posting 15 saves.

Coach Luzzi On the Weekend
“It doesn’t get any easier for our guys, that’s for sure. Butler is a good team, they just knocked off a very, very good Louisville team last week, they are ranked in one or two of the polls and deservedly so. They are a good team, well organized, they have some very good attacking pieces and we are going to have to be very sharp on both sides of the ball to get a result.

“Green Bay on Sunday, credit to (Green Bay head coach) Dan (Popik) and the staff there, they are much improved from last year. They took some licks last year but they are a much better team, they also have some dynamic attacking pieces, they are tough to breakdown. It is going to be a tough weekend.”  

All-Tournament Duo
Andrew Glaeser and Cody Witkowski were named to the all-tournament team last weekend at the Cincinnati Bearcat Soccer Classic. Glaeser got the start in goal against No. 14 Saint Louis and, despite being down a man from the 53rd minute on, helped NIU hold the Billikens off the scoreboard until the 105th minute in double overtime. Glaeser made six saves in the contest. Witkowski meanwhile scored his first collegiate goal against Evansville, playing 82 minutes in a starting role against the Purple Aces. The freshman from Batavia, Ill., then played 62 minutes against Saint Louis two days later.

Kannah On Target
Isaac Kannah scored last weekend against Evansville, recording his team-best second goal of the season. In just four games this season, the junior from Plymouth, Minn., has matched his season total from each of the past two seasons.

Challenging Slate
As has been customary under Eric Luzzi, Northern Illinois has put together another challenging schedule in 2013. Four Huskie opponents are ranked in this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll (No. 6 Saint Louis, No. 7 Akron, No. 22 Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 24 Northwestern) while one of this weekend’s foes, Butler, is receiving votes.

New Kids On the Block
With just 12 returnees on the 2013 roster, the Huskies have turned over nearly half the roster as 11 newcomers help make up the 23-man squad. NIU’s 11 newcomers hail from: England (3), Illinois (2), Missouri (2), Florida, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin.

Up Next
NIU will take part in its final in-season tournament next weekend as the Huskies travel to Evanston, Ill., to participate in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The Huskies will face Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, Sept. 20, before closing the tournament against St. Mary’s (Calif.) on Sunday, Sept. 22.