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NIU --- Brendon Parrish (Unassisted), 15-yarder from center
after steal, 15:05 Gone, 1st Half.
NIU --- Tony Deldin (Kevin Woerner assist), 15-yarder from right
side, 35:47 Gone, 1st Half.
NIU --- Tony Deldin (Jose Alvarado assist), five-yarder from right
post, 42:15 Gone, 1st Half.
IUPUI --- Mike Sullivan (Adrian Conrad assist), five-yard header
in center, 48:09 Gone, 2nd Half.
IUPUI --- Mike Madaj (Unassisted), 12-yarder in center after errant
clearing, 67:20 Gone, 2nd Half.
IUPUI --- Mike Madaj (Ricky Del Toro assist), four-yarder in center
off lead pass, 70:59 Gone, 2nd Half.
IUPUI --- Mike Madaj (Brandon Meyer assist), four-yard header off
free kick, 86:06 Gone, 2nd Half.
LET THREE-GOAL LEAD SLIP AWAY AS IUPUI RALLIES FOR 4-3 MEN'S SOCCER
IL---Consider it "A Tale of Two Halves" for the Northern
Illinois University men's soccer team. For the third time in the
last two weeks, the Huskies let a second-half lead slip away in
a 4-3 loss to Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
to close the NIU Fall Invitational here Sunday (Sept. 14).
Illinois led 3-0 at halftime but gave up four goals in the final
45 minutes to drop to 0-4-2 on the season and leave coach Steve
Simmons to continue the quest for his first victory on the Huskie
sideline. IUPUI earned its first victory of 2003, with the Jaguars
climbing to 1-4-1 behind Mike Madaj's natural hat trick in the second
NIU dominated the first half of play, outshooting the visitors 13-2
in taking a 3-0 lead into intermission. Sophomore midfielder Brendon
Parrish (Rockford / Auburn) put the hosts on the board at the 15:05
mark, intercepting a Jaguar pass and lifting a 15-yarder past IUPUI
netminder Drew Deffner.
defender Tony Deldin (Lockport) took over from there with the first
two goals of his collegiate career. The Lockport product beat Deffner
from 15 yards out following Kevin Woerner's (Elmhurst / York) lead
pass at the 35:47 mark, and Deldin needed less than seven minutes
for his next strike, as Jose Alvarado (Elgin / Burlington Central)
slipped a pass between defenders to find Deldin racing toward the
far post. Deldin's one-timer established a seemingly-comfortable
three-goal margin at the break.
Jaguars' comeback began just 3:09 into the second stanza as Adrian
Conrad found Mike Sullivan for a five-yard header past Joe Carrero
(Richton Park / Crete-Monee), the Jaguars' first goal of the season.
Madaj brought the Jaguars within one goal with his unassisted 12-yarder
at 67:20, then leveled the score 3:39 later as Ricky Del Toro's
lead pass sprung Madaj past two defenders for a four-yarder. The
IUPUI junior then completed the hat trick with 3:54 remainin, out-jumping
his mark to reach Brandon Meyer's free kick for a four-yard header
into the corner of the net.
Huskies' three first-half goals matched their total for the first
five matches of the season, but NIU could not reach the net in the
second half despite finishing with a 22-11 advantage in shots plus
a 9-1 margin in corner kicks. But Deffner logged seven saves for
players got confident, but then that confidence turned into Christmas
and we're not good enough to celebrate like that yet," Simmons
said. "Even the good teams don't celebrate like that, and we
can't settle for where we're at. That's the hardest lesson to learn.
We're not good enough to win a complete match yet."
also noted the similarity between Sunday's match and NIU's setback
at Marshall University last fall (Oct. 25, 2002) when the Huskies
led 5-2 with 24 minutes remaining, only to lose, 6-5.
was a valuable lesson for me, too. Now I know there are certain
things we can't do," Simmons added. "We were up 3-0 and
I put guys in there that didn't get it done. We moved into a 4-4-2
formation to play a more defensive style and it wasn't our day today."
also represents the third time in the last four matches that the
Huskies have relinquished a second-half lead. NIU led the University
of Wisconsin-Green Bay 1-0 at intermission before settling for a
2-2 tie on September 3, then allowed two second-half goals to erase
a 1-0 halftime lead in a 2-1 loss at Eastern Illinois on September
Illinois gets another shot at its first victory Friday (Sept. 19)
against a familiar foe. Loyola University-Chicago hosts the Huskies
for a 7 p.m. match, completing a sort of round-robin to this weekend's
action as the Ramblers defeated Oneonta State College, 3-2, Sunday
following a 0-0 tie with IUPUI on Saturday (Sept. 13).
--- Copy by Robert Hester