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
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'
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.