Illinois Men's Soccer Finishes a 'Flat' Last In Own adidas / Baymont
To put it bluntly, Northern Illinois Universitys mens
soccer team finished a flat last in its own adidas /
Baymont Inn Invitational.
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. UDMs Titans coupled
their two-goal win over NIU with a 3-2 triumph Friday over Indiana
University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Northwesterns
Wildcats followed a 1-0 Friday win over the Huskies with a 2-1 triumph
over IUPUI in Sundays other contest.
them about coming out flat, but unfortunately, thats what
we did, NIU coach Steve Simmons admitted after Sundays
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. Its a hard lesson,
but hopefully it will pay off for us down the road. Soccers
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 werent good enough today.
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 IUPUIs 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.
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.