Huskies rewrite school record book on way to dramatic five-game win over Valpo and tourney title (9/13)



Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  


Oneonta State 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 OSC now 3-1-1
Northern Illinois 0 - 0 - 0 - 0

NIU now 0-3-2


Scoring Summary:
No scoring

Statistical Summary:

Statistic OSC NIU
Overall Shots 20 16
Shots on Goal 2 3
Corner Kicks 14 1
Offsides 4 0
Fouls 22 14




DeKALB, 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.


Carrero 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.


Oneonta 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.


"I'm 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."


Northern 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 more day.


"We 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."


The 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.


The 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.


-30- --- Copy by Robert Hester



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