3, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 0
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..
MEN'S SOCCER TEAM SEES SKID CONTINUE AS LOYOLA STRIKES EARLY &
OFTEN FOR 3-0 WIN
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
--- Copy by Robert Hester