Oct. 3, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team faces a quick turnaround as it travels to Marquette on Tuesday (Oct. 4) night, game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.. The Huskies will look to rebound following a loss last time out to Buffalo, 2-1 in double overtime.
Following the Match Against Marquette
The game against Marquette can be followed via Gametracker at GoMarquette.com. Live audio will also be available through WMUR.
Marquette comes into Tuesday night’s match with a 4-4-2 overall record, 2-0-0 in Big East play. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in their last five matches, with wins over Michigan, Syracuse and Rutgers, along with ties against Michigan State and Wisconsin. James “C.” Nortey has five goals to lead the way offensively for the Golden Eagles. David Check has played all but one match between the posts for Marquette, he has a 1.21 goals against average and an 83.1 save percentage.
Luzzi on the Marquette Match
"Marquette is in a good place right now, having gone five games unbeaten. They have some very good players and they play pretty well at home. I’m sure they will be up for the game, and it’s a Big East opponent. Anytime we get to play a team from one of the big conferences it is a big measuring stick for us.”
Huskies In The Polls
Northern Illinois slid to number 22 in the latest College Soccer News poll, released on Monday. Most of the other national soccer polls are released on Tuesday, last week the Huskies ranked 18th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Times polls. The Huskies were 19th according to Soccer America.
Youth Will Be Served
Led by three goals each from sophomore Gael Rivera and freshman Paul Hogan, the NIU men's soccer team has seen its young players lead the way offensively. In total, 12 of the 14 goals scored by the Huskies this season have come from freshmen and sophomores.
Godsey and Kannah Among Nation's Best
Junior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey is ranked among the best goalkeepers in the nation in goals against average, ranking 21st at 0.647. Freshman Isaac Kannah is also climbing up the national assist chart, ranking 36th with four total assists.
Last Time Out
James Stevenson equalized in the 73rd minute, but the Huskies fell to Buffalo, 2-1, in double overtime in their Mid-American Conference opener this past Saturday (Oct. 1). NIU outshot Buffalo 19-6 in the contest.
Freshman Paul Hogan has scored a team-high-tying three goals thus far for the Huskies. Hogan entered the season-opener at Saint Louis at the 40:44 mark and just 39 seconds later, with his first touch of the game, Hogan found the back of the net for the game-winning goal. Hogan continued the superb start to his collegiate career when he scored in the ninth minute of his first career start at Oakland. He found the net again on the third weekend of the season in NIU's 4-0 victory over Portland.
The Luzzi File
Northern Illinois head coach Eric Luzzi is in his third season as the head coach for the Huskies. Luzzi has a record of 26-16-3 at the helm of NIU. The Huskies' head man spent three seasons as an assistant at NIU before taking becoming the head coach. In his first season at NIU, Luzzi helped the program win the MAC Championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Rivera to the Rescue
Gael Rivera scored his third goal of the season in overtime against UC Davis to lift the Huskies to a victory over the Aggies. The goal was Rivera's second of the weekend and helped him earn all-tournament team honors at the Lakeside Classic. Rivera is tied for the team lead with three goals and leads NIU with seven points.
All-Tournament Team at Northwestern
Francis Otira and Gael Rivera were named to the Northwestern Lakeside Classic All-Tournament team last weekend. Rivera scored both of NIU's goals in the tournament. For Otira, the accolade marked his third-straight all-tournament team honor.
Otira Claims Honors
On Sept. 12, Francis Otira earned both College Soccer News National Team of the Week and Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors for his performance at the NIU/adidas Invitational. It marked the second consecutive week a Huskie claimed both awards
Four Huskies Named to NIU/adidas All-Tournament Team
Francis Otira earned Most Valuable Player recognition and Jordan Godsey, Karim Darbaki and Isaac Kannah were named to the All-Tournament team at the NIU/adidas Invitational. Godsey recorded clean sheets in both games, Darbaki scored a pair of goals and Kannah registered a goal and an assist.
Kannah Finds the Net
After scoring four times in three preseason exhibition games, freshman Isaac Kannah found the net for the first time in the regular season when he scored the lone goal in NIU's 1-0 victory over Valparaiso. Kannah's unassisted tally broke a deadlock against the Crusaders in the 85th minute. Kannah also had a team-best four assists this season.
Sloan's Game Winners Earn Weekly Accolades
Senior Pat Sloan was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week and was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week following his performance in the Michigan Invitational. Sloan netted the game-winning goal against both Oakland and Michigan to help the Huskies win the Michigan Invitational. The two goals were the first of Sloan's NIU career.
Four Huskies Earn All-Tournament Honors at Michigan
En route to winning the Michigan Invitational, four Huskies, seniors Pat Sloan, Francis Otira and Brad Horton, along with junior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey, were named to the Michigan Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Northern Illinois will play its first road match in conference play as the Huskies travel to meet defending national champion Akron on Saturday, Oct. 8. The match against the unbeaten Zips is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.