Huskies Travel to Northwestern Lakeside Classic

GO HUSKIES Freshman Chris Bernard
Freshman Chris Bernard

Sept. 19, 2013

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Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. CT
Location: Lakeside Field, Evanston, Ill.
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Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m. CT
Location: Lakeside Field, Evanston, Ill.
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The Northern Illinois men’s soccer team will play its final in-season tournament this weekend when the Huskies travel to Evanston, Ill., to take part in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. NIU will meet defending Northeast Conference champion Fairleigh Dickinson, who advanced to the Round of 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament, on Friday (Sept. 20) before facing Saint Mary’s, an Elite Eight team in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, on Sunday (Sept. 22).

About Fairleigh Dickinson
The Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson won each of their first four games before falling last time out at Albany, 2-1. Fairleigh Dickinson is the fourth team receiving votes outside the top-25 in this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll and is ranked 30th by College Soccer News. David Cornell and Tchamy Dantse Dantse have each scored two goals to pace the offense for the Knights while Jacob Lissek has played all five matches in goal, recording four shutouts while conceding just the two goals to Albany.

About Saint Mary’s
Saint Mary’s makes the trip from the west coast with a 2-2-1 record, having opened the season with a pair of wins but now winless in their last three. Carlo Eikani leads the Gaels in scoring with a pair of goals while Andre Rawls has played four of the five matches in goal for Saint Mary’s, posting 18 saves with a 0.97 goals against average. This will be the first trip outside the Golden State this season for the Gaels who have played four home matches, with their load road game coming at Cal State Northridge.

Coach Luzzi On the Weekend
“These are two teams that have each made pretty good NCAA Tournament runs in the last couple of years. Fairleigh Dickinson has a heavy international influence in its team, so they are very mature as a group. They are also a big team and we are going to have to be sharp in all aspects of the game because they don’t give away a lot. Saint Mary’s is a very technical, good soccer-playing team, pretty quick on the ball.

“It’s going to be another challenging weekend for us but our guys are in a good place. As long as we come out with the right amount of energy, I think we will have two good performances and right now I want to focus on the performance and the results will take care of themselves.”

Glaeser Leads the Way
Andrew Glaeser currently tops the Mid-American Conference in goals against average and save percentage. Glaeser’s 0.72 goals against average is slightly better than that of Akron’s Fernando Pina (0.77) while his .800 save percentage just edges Bowling Green’s Michael Wiest (.760).

Nearly a Year Later
Sean Totsch scored NIU’s first goal in a 2-1 comeback win over UW Green Bay in the NIU adidas Invitational (Sept. 15). The goal for Totsch, the fifth of his career, was his first in almost exactly a year as his last tally came in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic against Iona on Sept. 16, 2012. Totsch, along with Isaac Kannah, was named to the all-tournament team at the NIU adidas Invitational.

NIU at the Lakeside Classic
The Huskies have played in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic in each of Eric Luzzi’s five seasons at head coach at NIU, here is a look at the previous results for the Huskies in Evanston.

2012: UW Milwaukee (L, 1-0), Iona (W, 2-0)
2011: Xavier (L, 2-1 ot), UC Davis (W, 1-0 ot)
2010: Holy Cross (W, 2-1), Gonzaga (W, 1-0)
2009: Lafayette (W, 5-0), South Carolina (L, 1-0)

Up Next
NIU will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 28, when the Huskies travel to East Lansing, Mich., to face Michigan State. Game time against the Spartans is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.



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