Sept. 17, 2004
Illinois Blanks Missouri-Kansas City 3-0, Huskies Have Now Won Three
of Last Four
A pair of early goals by Bruce Conrad (9:14) and Curt Zastrow (21:45)
helped propel the Northern Illinois University mens 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
NIUs 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.
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. Its fun to see.
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.
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 OReilly.
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.