SCORE: BOWLING GREEN ST. 2, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 1
now 2-8-0, 2-0-0 in MAC
NIU now 2-8-0,
BGSU --- Robert
Aouad (Paul Seip assist), 18:30 Gone, First Half.
NIU --- Peter Agrimson (unassisted), 46:22 Gone, Second Half.
BGSU --- Paul Dhaliwal (unassisted), 51:23 Gone, Second Half.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS DROPS MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE OPENER TO BOWLING GREEN
DEKALB, IL-Northern Illinois University men's soccer team dropped
a tough 2-1 game to Bowling Green State in their Mid-American Conference
opener here at Huskie Soccer Field. With the loss, the Huskies fall to
2-8-0 on the season while Bowling Green State moves to 2-8-0, 2-0-0 in
the Mid-American Conference.
hard-fought battle was waged predominantly in the midfield, as both teams
combined for only eight shots on goal. The Falcons made the most of their
opportunities, with Robert Aouad tapping in a five-footer off a Paul Seip
pass to give Bowling Green a 1-0 lead 18:30 into the game, an advantage
they held until the break.
Huskies came roaring out of the gates in the second half, with Peter Agrimson
(Stillwater, MN / Stillwater Area) firing an 18-yard equalizer into the
back of the net. Agrimson's first goal of the season was scored 46:22
into the game, ending a 300:42 scoring drought for Northern Illinois.
goal in the second half was to get Peter involved and we did that (with
the goal)," coach Willy Roy stated. "He is a senior and takes
charge and that is always a positive for us."
Green State came right back five minutes later, as Paul Dhaliwal tapped-in
a two-yard game-winner with 51:23 gone, giving Bowling Green State the
2-1 edge. The Huskies mounted a few minor assaults on the Falcon net late
in the game, but were unable to put anything into the goal.
take shooting practice everyday and we just aren't at the technical level
we need to be at yet," Roy said. "We can do it on the practice
field, we just can't get that focus out there."
Illinois ended the game with five shots on net. Bowling Green State only
put three shots on net, with Steve Goletz (Downers Grove / South) making
one save in his second start of the season.
was a game that was there to win, but we just didn't pull it out,"
Coach Roy said.
Illinois doesn't have much time to dwell on the loss, returning to action
Sunday (Oct. 6) with a high-noon showdown versus the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The match at Huskie Soccer Field will be the 21st annual battle for the
John Lewang Cup, which Wisconsin-Milwaukee holds after a 3-0 victory in
Milwaukee last year.
--- Copy by Matthew Baylor