ILLINOIS 0, ONEONTA STATE 0 (OVERTIME)
POSTS SHUTOUT AS HUSKIE MEN'S SOCCER SQUAD BATTLES ONEONTA STATE
TO SCORELESS DRAW
IL---Junior goalkeeper Joe Carrero (Richton Park / Crete-Monee)
made the most of his first collegiate start Saturday (Sept. 13),
recording a shutout as the Northern Illinois University men's soccer
team held Oneonta State College to a 0-0 draw in the first day of
the NIU Fall Invitational tournament.
recorded two saves Saturday for his first career shutout. Saturday
marked his first action since the 2001 season, when he played just
33 minutes in two relief appearances and then missed all of the
2002 campaign due to injury. He couldn't claim a victory, however,
as the Huskie attack could not solve OSC netminder Jack Potter,
who made two of his three saves in overtime to preserve the deadlock.
Northern Illinois is now 0-3-2 on the season while the Red Dragons
slipped to 3-1-1.
State forward Jme Amoako entered the match with five goals already
this season but was kept in check by the NIU defense led by senior
Jason Sullivan (Quincy / Notre Dame) and junior Bruce Conrad (Downers
Grove / North). Amoako took five shots but none found the target
as only two of the Red Dragons' 20 shots reached Carrero.
very pleased for Joe," Northern Illinois coach Steve Simmons
said. "He works so hard, and it couldn't happen to a better
person. Plus it's our first shutout of the year, which is a huge
step in our progress. Oneonta State is a powerful attacking team,
and we were able to limit their scoring chances. This was a very
good test for us, and I could see the improvement in Bruce and Jason.
They're starting to understand what we're trying to do, and that's
very pleasing. Morgan Moody (Midland, TX) is starting to make a
statement in the back, as well."
Illinois outshot Oneonta State 5-2 in overtime and had the Red Dragon
defense reeling on two occasions but could not find the back of
the net, postponing Simmons' first victory at NIU for at least one
had our chances, but we're just not scoring right now," Simmons
said. "But we are creating chances. This was the best attacking
creativity we've seen all year. We just didn't do the easy part
in poking the ball in the net. But the goals will come. We're starting
four freshmen (Moody, defender Mike Corvo, midfielder Chris Van
Duerm and forward Justin McGrane) and now we just have to believe
in ourselves in front of the net."
scoreless draw was NIU's first such contest since October 1, 1995,
when Northern Illinois and Bradley University went 120 minutes without
hitting the net. Northern Illinois had two shutouts last season,
blanking Western Illinois University (1-0 on Sept. 20) and Western
Michigan (1-0 on Oct. 20). With Saturday's 110 scoreless minutes,
though, the Huskies have now gone 197:27 without a goal.
tournament concludes Sunday (Sept. 14) when Loyola University-Chicago
meets Oneonta State at noon, followed by a 2:30 p.m. match between
the Huskies and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.
Loyola-Chicago and IUPUI also battled to a 110-minute, scoreless
draw in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader. LUC's Ramblers
enter Sunday's action at 1-1-2 overall while IUPUI will also be
in search of its first victory of 2003, taking an 0-4-1 mark into
the match with Northern Illinois.
--- Copy by Robert Hester