Huskies Return Home to Host Hartwick Saturday

GO HUSKIES Freshman forward Matt Pritchard
Freshman forward Matt Pritchard

Oct. 5, 2012

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Northern Illinois (2-5-2) vs. Hartwick (3-4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: NIU Soccer Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
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About Hartwick
Hartwick brings a 3-4-2 record to DeKalb this weekend, coming off a 2-1 at home on Tuesday to Colgate. The Hawks opened conference play last weekend with a 2-0 home victory over Bowling Green. Cleyon Brown leads the way offensively for Hartwick with five goals and 11 points. Mateo Munarriz has played seven of the nine matches in goal for the Hawks; he had a 1.10 goals against average and a pair of shutouts. Last season NIU earned a 2-1 victory at Hartwick.

Stevenson Leads the Line
James Stevenson scored for the second time in three games when he tallied in the 67th minute of a 2-0 victory over Florida Atlantic (Sept. 30). Stevenson’s marker against the Owls was his third goal of the season, and the 12th of his NIU career. Stevenson also recorded an assist on Isaac Kannah’s opening goal against FAU. Stevenson currently leads the Huskies with eight points (three goals, two assists).

Isaac Off the Mark
Isaac Kannah scored his first goal of the season in the conference opener against Florida Atlantic (Sept. 30). Kannah got the opening goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, in the 24th minute against the Owls. The goal was Kannah’s first of the season, and the third of his NIU career.

Shutting Out the MAC
With its 2-0 victory over Florida Atlantic in the conference opener, NIU has now posted six shutouts in its last seven matches against conference opponents. The Huskies ended last year with back-to-back clean sheets over Buffalo and Western Michigan in the conference tournament. The last MAC team to score against NIU was this weekend’s foe, Hartwick, the Hawks claimed a 64th minute goal last season in a 2-1 NIU victory.  

Pritchard Does His Part
Freshman Matt Pritchard has recorded assists in two of the last three matches for the Huskies. The Omaha, Neb., native registered his first collegiate point against Denver (Sept. 21) on a goal by Gael Rivera. He recorded another assist against Florida Atlantic (Sept. 30) on James Stevenson’s 67th minute marker. Pritchard has appeared in five matches this season.  

Godsey Earns Shutout Record
With his shutout against Rhode Island on Sept. 7, Jordan Godsey set a new NIU school record with his 27th career shutout, breaking a mark held by Markus Roy (1988-91). Godsey currently has 29 career shutouts. Last season, Godsey set the NIU single-season shutout record with 12 clean sheets and also posted a 0.70 goals against average, the second-best single-season mark in program history.   

Scoring Duo Earn All-Tournament Honors at New Mexico
Gael Rivera and James Stevenson, NIU’s goalscorers last weekend, earned All-Tournament recognition at the Nike Lobo Invitational. For Rivera, the honor was his second of the season, he was also named to the NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Rivera Nets Seventh Career Goal
Gael Rivera scored his team-leading third goal of the season, and seventh of his career, against Denver (Sept. 21). Rivera’s 71st minute goal helped spark NIU to a two-goal comeback to force overtime. For his efforts, Rivera was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Lobo Invitational.

Totsch Gets the Winner
Sean Totsch made his return to the starting lineup against Iona (Sept.16) and scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute. The goal was the fourth for Totsch in his career and his third career game winner. The Oswego, Ill., native also had game winners last season against Hartwick and against Western Michigan in the MAC Tournament final.

Huskie Duo Honored at Northwestern
Charlie Oliver and Pat Sloan were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. It was the second-straight week in which Oliver earned a tournament recognition, the freshman was also recognized on the All-Tournament Team at the NIU adidas Invitational. The honor was Sloan’s second all-tournament selection of his career; he also earned All-Tournament honors last season at the Michigan Invitational.    

Christianson Nets First Career Goal
Freshman Gabe Christianson scored the first goal of his collegiate career against Iona (Sept. 16). The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native clinched the 2-0 victory over the Gaels with a goal in the 90th minute.      

Three Named to NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team
With a pair of ties against Rhode Island and Drake, the Huskies took second-place in their home tournament. Gael Rivera, Jayson LeSeth and Charlie Oliver were named to the All-Tournament team. This was the third all-tournament honor for Rivera in his NIU career, he was also named to the all-tournament team at the 2011 MAC Tournament and the 2011 Northwestern Lakeside Classic, and it is the first all-tournament team honor for both LeSeth and Oliver.

Huskies Tabbed Third in MAC
Northern Illinois was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll released Aug. 13. Akron was picked to win the conference while league newcomer West Virginia was tabbed to finish second behind the Zips.

50 Seasons of Huskie Soccer
This season, Northern Illinois is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inaugural season. NIU played its first varsity soccer match on October 5, 1962, a 6-0 loss at Grinnell College. The Huskies will be celebrating this anniversary at their Oct. 13 match against Akron.

A Challenging Slate
The 2012 schedule for NIU features five games against foes currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. The Huskies have already played No. 5 New Mexico and No. 24 Creighton, while No. 7 Akron, No. 9 Marquette and No. 22 Northwestern still remain on the slate.

The Luzzi File
Eric Luzzi is in his fourth season as the head coach at Northern Illinois. Luzzi has compiled a 36-25-5 record at the helm of the Huskies. Luzzi spent three seasons as an assistant at NIU before taking over the program in 2009. On May 24, NIU announced that Luzzi had signed a contract extension through the 2015 season.

Welcome West Virginia
On March 27, the Mid-American Conference announced the addition of West Virginia to the league as a soccer affiliate member. The Mountaineers join Florida Atlantic and Hartwick as soccer-only members of the conference.

Up Next
The Huskies will step back out of conference on Tuesday, Oct. 9, when they travel to Milwaukee to face ninth-ranked Marquette. The game with the Golden Eagles is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.



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