Northern Illinois drops Mid-American Conference opener to Bowling Green State 2-1

GO HUSKIES
GO HUSKIES

GO HUSKIES

 

FINAL SCORE: BOWLING GREEN ST. 2, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 1


Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  

Total

 
Bowling Green State 1 - 1 - - - 2 BGSU now 2-8-0, 2-0-0 in MAC
Northern Illinois 0 - 1 - - - 1

NIU now 2-8-0,
0-1-0 in MAC

 

Scoring Summary:
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.




Statistical Summary:

Statistic BGSU NIU
Overall Shots 12 21
Shots on Goal 3 5
Corner Kicks 1 7
Offsides 6 2
Fouls 15 13

 



NORTHERN ILLINOIS DROPS MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE OPENER TO BOWLING GREEN STATE 2-1


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.

 

The 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.

 

The 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.

 

"Our 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."

 

Bowling 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.

 

"We 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."

 

Northern 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.

 

"This was a game that was there to win, but we just didn't pull it out," Coach Roy said.

 

Northern 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.

 

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