Volleyball wins sixth straight match, third consecutive tournament with 3-2 victory over Cleveland State (9/20)

GO HUSKIES
GO HUSKIES

GO HUSKIES
LOYOLA-CHICAGO 3, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 0


Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  

Total

 
Northern Illinois 0 - 0 - - - 0 NIU now 0-5-2
Loyola-Chicago 1 - 2 - - - 3

LUC now 4-1-2

 

Scoring Summary:
LUC --- Joe Nierzwicki (Mark Eckerle assist), 2:38 Gone.
LUC --- Bill Metzger (Eric Spiess assist), 48:15 Gone.
LUC --- Bill Metzger (Unassisted), 65:24 Gone..


Statistical Summary:

Statistic IUPUI NIU
Overall Shots 11 22
Shots on Goal 7 11
Corner Kicks 1 9
Offsides 2 1
Fouls 21 21

 

HUSKIE MEN'S SOCCER TEAM SEES SKID CONTINUE AS LOYOLA STRIKES EARLY & OFTEN FOR 3-0 WIN

 

CHICAGO, IL---A cynical columnist once remarked that the key to winning elections in Chicago is to "vote early, vote often." The Loyola University-Chicago men's soccer team took a different spin on that motto Friday (Sept. 19), scoring early in each half and adding an insurance marker midway through the second half to defeat Northern Illinois University, 3-0, in non-conference action.

 

NIU remains winless, falling to 0-5-2 under first-year coach Steve Simmons while the Ramblers won their third in a row and are now unbeaten in their last five (3-0-2) in improving to 4-1-2 on the season.

 

Joe Nierzwicki opened the scoring for the hosts, who needed just 2:38 to build a 1-0 advantage. Mark Eckerle set up the tally as Nierzwicki beat freshman goalkeeper Matt Corcoran (Downers Grove / North). History was repeated in the second half as the Huskie defense allowed another quick goal just after intermission. Eric Spiess found Bill Metzger open for Metzger's fourth goal of the year 3:15 into the second stanza and Metzger put the match out of reach by beating two NIU defenders to the front of the net and recording his second marker of the match at 65:24.

 

"We gave up two early goals tonight, one in the start of each half. We're still trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle and find out who's going to be effective for us," Simmons explained. "We went to a three-forward attack tonight but we were not clinical in our attack and we got beat."

 

Northern Illinois was outshot 19-12 with 11 Rambler shots reaching the net. Corcoran logged eight saves but the NIU attack could not solve LUC's Greg Stellatos, who stopped nine shots to earn the shutout.

 

"We're trying to break the team's mindset of the past couple seasons, but that doesn't come easily," Simmons admitted. "The game is a reflection of what we're doing in training. The game is like a test, and you hope you've done your homework in advance. We're improving, even if the results don't show it, but it takes time."

 

The Huskies continue their search for Simmons' first victory as NIU coach Sunday (Sept. 21) when Wright State University for a 2 p.m. contest. WSU improved to 4-1-0 with a 4-1 victory at Eastern Illinois University earlier Friday afternoon and has now outscored its opponents 18-2 during a four-match winning streak.

 

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