Northern Illinois Blanks Missouri-Kansas City 3-0, Huskies Have Now Won Three of Last Four

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Sept. 17, 2004

Northern Illinois Blanks Missouri-Kansas City 3-0, Huskies Have Now Won Three of Last Four

Box Score

DEKALB, IL – A pair of early goals by Bruce Conrad (9:14) and Curt Zastrow (21:45) helped propel the Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team to a 3-0 win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos, Friday afternoon at the Huskie Soccer Complex in DeKalb.

The win was NIU’s third in four attempts and helped the Huskies even their 2004 overall record at 3-3-0. Northern Illinois also improved to 2-1 on the year at home and has now won two straight matches on its home turf.

“Nice win for this team and it helps to give us some more momentum heading into the heart of the season,” head coach Steve Simmons said. “I thought we played well as a group for the most part. This team has a number of new players and they are beginning to come together. It’s fun to see.”

Conrad broke a scoreless tie at the 9:14 mark of the first half when he headed home a Tony Deldin free kick. The senior made the most of his first goal, as it not only gave NIU an early 1-0 lead, but served as the game-winner for the Huskies.

Northern Illinois kept the pressure on when the freshman Zastrow found the back of the net just 12:31 later. His second goal of the year, the North Freedom, WI, native fired home a one-timer from the left side, after assists from Paul Gabel and Eric O’Reilly.

Northern Illinois’ final points of the afternoon came via Missouri-Kansas City own goal. After Kangaroo net-minder Jason Howell initially made a save, the freshman lost the handle on the ball when attempting to throw it to a teammate and accidentally tossed the ball into his own net.

The loss dropped UMKC to 0-4-0 on the year, while the Huskies reached the .500 mark for the first time in 2004. Northern Illinois will attempt to move ahead of .500 on Sunday (Sept. 19), when it travels to Green Bay, WI, to take on UW-Green Bay at 2:30 p.m.

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