Northern Illinois women's soccer ends losing skid with 1-1 tie at Eastern Michigan (10/3)

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OCTOBER 3, 2004

NORTHERN ILLINOIS MEN'S SOCCER SEES SIX MATCH WINNING STREAK ENDED BY MARSHALL
HUNTINGTON, WV- All good things must come to an end and for the Northern Illinois University men's soccer team, Sunday (October 3) was that day, as Marshall University handed NIU a 3-1 road loss in Mid-American Conference play. The defeat drops the Huskies to 7-4, 1-1 in MAC play, while the Thundering Herd improves to 5-4-1, 2-1 in the league.

"Marshall came out very intense, and we were a little flat," Huskie head coach Steve Simmons said. "They scored a soft goal on us early on, and that forced us to play catch up the entire game."

The Herd went up early when Salvador Djeukeng put a Kirk Gibson corner kick in the net at 4:15. Neither squad was able to produce many scoring opportunities for the remainder of the first half, with Marshall putting three shots on net compared to the Huskies' two.

The score remained 1-0 until the 78th minute when the Herd's Jeremy Ashe scored an unassisted goal that gave Marshall a two-goal advantage. Just 1:07 later Gibson took a Karim Boukhemis pass on the breakaway and bested Huskie keeper Steve Goletz (Downers Grove / South) to make it 3-0. Another 1:27 later, at the 79:29 mark, Andy Champion (Peoria / Notre Dame) won a scramble for Curt Zastrow's (North Freedom, WI / Reedsburg Area) free kick and scored the lone Huskie goal of the match.

"We were a step slower today," Simmons added. "You can't be like that against teams in games like this one."

While the Huskies see an end to a six-match winning streak, they will return home to defend a four-match home winning streak against Mid-American Conference rival Bowling Green State University on Friday (October 8). First touch is scheduled for 12 p.m. (CDT), with free admission to the Huskie Soccer Complex.