Northern Illinois Men's Soccer Finishes a 'Flat' Last In Own adidas / Baymont Inn Invitational

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September 18, 2005

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Northern Illinois Men's Soccer Finishes a 'Flat' Last In Own adidas / Baymont Inn Invitational

DeKALB, IL — To put it bluntly, Northern Illinois University’s men’s soccer team finished a “flat” last in its own adidas / Baymont Inn Invitational.

The University of Detroit-Mercy posted a 2-0 victory over the host Huskies on Sunday (Sept. 18) to finish 2-0 and claim first place over unbeaten Northwestern University based on goal differential. UDM’s Titans coupled their two-goal win over NIU with a 3-2 triumph Friday over Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Northwestern’s Wildcats followed a 1-0 Friday win over the Huskies with a 2-1 triumph over IUPUI in Sunday’s other contest.

“I warned them about coming out flat, but unfortunately, that’s what we did,” NIU coach Steve Simmons admitted after Sunday’s loss dropped the Huskies’ ledger to 3-2-1. “You have to play with emotion in a two-game tournament because that emotion has to make up for your legs being tired. It’s a hard lesson, but hopefully it will pay off for us down the road. Soccer’s all about lessons and how you handle the toughest of them. The opponents just get tougher from here on and right now we have to admit that we just weren’t good enough today.”

Detroit was good from the start as Duane Hopkins set up Andrew Ornoch for a header just 5:25 into the contest. The Titans added an insurance strike at 59:52 thanks to an unassisted Jason Massoglia tally as goalie Sasha Boskovic came up with eight saves for the shutout. Ornoch, who had a hat trick against IUPUI, was named tourney MVP and was joined on the all-tourney unit by teammates Massoglia, Vahid Assapour and Aaron Smith. Northwestern players cited were Yaro Pylypczak, David Roth and Adam Sirois while IUPUI’s reps included Ricky Del Toro, Dan Heidari and Jarret Neff. Chris Rufa (Downers Grove / South) and Blake Gotkowski (Frankfort / Lincoln-Way East) were the Huskie all-tourney honorees.

Northern Illinois returns to action on Wednesday when the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay comes to Huskie Soccer Field for a 4 p.m. non-conference match.

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