Sept. 28, 2007
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team will have one more chance to tune-up for Mid-American Conference play, when they face Drake, Sunday at 2 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.
"We're looking forward to the start of MAC play, but right now we're focused on Drake," NIU head coach Steve Simmons said. "They're a very solid team, and, like us, they'll come out hungry for a win."
Drake is coming off a 2-1 double-overtime loss to San Diego State. After tying the match in the 71st minute to send the contest to overime, the Bulldogs were put away in the 109th minute of play by SDSU's Kraig Chiles, just 1:36 away from a tie.
The Huskies will also be looking to bounce back, as they lost to Wisconsin in their last game, a team that Drake defeated 2-1 earlier in the season.
"Drake has secured some very positive results," Simmons said. "It is always a challenge when we play them, and we welcome that challenge."
The Huskies (2-4-3) hold a 3-2-1 all-time series record against the Bulldogs (4-3-1), including a 2-1 victory in September of 2006. Now-senior Curt Zastrow (North Freedom, Wis./Reedsburg Area) scored both NIU goals in the match, while Fraser Gibson (Dumbarton Scotland/Dumbarton Academy) assisted on both scores.
Seniors Marcus McCarty (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge) and Chris Rufa (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) lead Northern Illinois in goals with two each.
After the match against Drake, the Huskies return the DeKalb to face Western Michigan in the MAC opener, Friday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.