Sept. 29, 2012
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Northern Illinois (1-5-2) at Florida Atlantic (1-6-1)
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. CT
Location: FAU Soccer Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
Live Stats: FAUSports.com
About Florida Atlantic
The Owls bring a 1-6-1 record, 0-1-0 in conference play, into Sunday’s match. Florida Atlantic fell to West Virginia last Sunday, 4-0, in its conference opener and dropped a 2-1 double overtime decision to Stetson on Wednesday. Deniz Bozkurt has a pair of goals to lead FAU offensively. Last season, NIU earned a 1-0 victory over Florida Atlantic.
Scoring Duo Earn All-Tournament Honors at New Mexico
Gael Rivera and James Stevenson, NIU’s goalscorers last weekend, earned All-Tournament recognition at the Nike Lobo Invitational. For Rivera, the honor was his second of the season, he was also named to the NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Rivera Nets Seventh Career Goal
Gael Rivera scored his team-leading third goal of the season, and seventh of his career, last Friday against Denver (Sept. 21). Rivera’s 71st minute goal helped spark NIU to a two-goal comeback to force overtime. Rivera was named to the All-Tournament Team last weekend at the Lobo Invitational.
Stevenson On the Scoresheet
Senior James Stevenson scored his second goal of the season, and 11th of his NIU career, from the penalty spot against Denver (Sept. 21). The goal evened the match at 2-2 in the 82nd minute. The Falkirk, Scotland, native led the Huskies with six goals last season
Totsch Gets the Winner
Sean Totsch made his return to the starting lineup against Iona (Sept.16) and scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute. The goal was the fourth for Totsch in his career and his third career game winner. The Oswego, Ill., native also had game winners last season against Hartwick and against Western Michigan in the MAC Tournament final.
Huskie Duo Honored at Northwestern
Charlie Oliver and Pat Sloan were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. It was the second-straight week in which Oliver earned a tournament recognition, the freshman was also recognized on the All-Tournament Team at the NIU adidas Invitational. The honor was Sloan’s second all-tournament selection of his career; he also earned All-Tournament honors last season at the Michigan Invitational.
Christianson Nets First Career Goal
Freshman Gabe Christianson scored the first goal of his collegiate career against Iona (Sept. 16). The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native clinched the 2-0 victory over the Gaels with a goal in the 90th minute.
Godsey Earns Shutout Record
With his shutout against Rhode Island on Sept. 7, Jordan Godsey set a new NIU school record with his 27th career shutout, breaking a mark held by Markus Roy (1988-91). Godsey currently has 28 career shutouts. Last season, Godsey set the NIU single-season shutout record with 12 clean sheets and also posted a 0.70 goals against average, the second-best single-season mark in program history.
Three Named to NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team
With a pair of ties against Rhode Island and Drake, the Huskies took second-place in their home tournament. Gael Rivera, Jayson LeSeth and Charlie Oliver were named to the All-Tournament team. This was the third all-tournament honor for Rivera in his NIU career, he was also named to the all-tournament team at the 2011 MAC Tournament and the 2011 Northwestern Lakeside Classic, and it is the first all-tournament team honor for both LeSeth and Oliver.
Huskies Tabbed Third in MAC
Northern Illinois was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll released Aug. 13. Akron was picked to win the conference while league newcomer West Virginia was tabbed to finish second behind the Zips.
50 Seasons of Huskie Soccer
This season, Northern Illinois is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inaugural season. NIU played its first varsity soccer match on October 5, 1962, a 6-0 loss at Grinnell College. The Huskies will be celebrating this anniversary at their Oct. 13 match against Akron.
A Challenging Slate
The 2012 schedule for NIU features five games against foes currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. The Huskies have already played No. 4 New Mexico and No. 12 Creighton, while No. 7 Akron, No. 10 Marquette and No. 18 Northwestern still remain on the slate.
The Luzzi File
Eric Luzzi is in his fourth season as the head coach at Northern Illinois. Luzzi has compiled a 35-25-5 record at the helm of the Huskies. Luzzi spent three seasons as an assistant at NIU before taking over the program in 2009. On May 24, NIU announced that Luzzi had signed a contract extension through the 2015 season.
Welcome West Virginia
On March 27, the Mid-American Conference announced the addition of West Virginia to the league as a soccer affiliate member. The Mountaineers join Florida Atlantic and Hartwick as soccer-only members of the conference.
The Mountaineers played their first conference game last weekend, defeating Florida Atlantic, 4-0.
NIU will return home for the first time in nearly a month next Saturday, Oct. 6, as the Huskies host Hartwick at the NIU Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.