WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE 1, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 0
NIU now 2-9-0,
--- Kyle Lance (Kevin Roethe assist), 66:10 Gone,2nd Half
ILLINOIS MEN'S SOCCER COMES UP SHORT IN 1-0 THRILLER TO WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
DeKALB, IL-In what's been a tough season for the Northern Illinois University
men's soccer team, head coach Willy Roy and the Huskies have kept
a glass is half-full approach. Against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
here on Sunday (October 6), NIU looked to move up in the win column and
take home a different kind of glass, the John Lewang Memorial Cup which
is awarded to the winner of the annual contest between the two schools.
This year NIU has dropped five of its eight losses by one goal and today
was no different. The Huskies were in the match the entire time but couldn't
manage to pull out the win, falling 1-0 to the Panthers. NIU is now 2-9
on the season, while the win improves Wisconsin-Milwaukee's record to
"Today was a hard fought effort," noted Roy. "We played
a good team that is technically sound and played us really well. I tip
my hat to the other team and to our players who have been giving a great
team effort lately."
The Huskie defense in front of goalkeeper Steve Goletz (Downers
Grove / South) held strong for the entire first half. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
fired 17 overall shots in the first with only one of them reaching the
freshman keeper. The same can't be said for the Huskie offense. Eric
O'Reilly (Geneva) accounted for the only overall shot taken by NIU
in the first half.
"Goletz did well today for a freshman keeper," noted Roy. "I
know he was feeling a little nervous but he overcame that and came through
with a good game. All the goals that have been scored against us lately
and today, none of them have been super shots, they just seem to find
a way to get in the net."
That was exactly what happened to the Huskies in the second half. Both
teams held their ground until 23:50 to go in the match when UWM's Kyle
Lance tapped in a crossing pass from Kevin Roethe to give the Panthers
the lead. Goletz managed to stop four other shots in the half but NIU's
offense couldn't put the ball past Panther goalie Chris Dadaian, who saved
four shots on the afternoon.
"Our biggest thing is we need to keep our spirits up," added
Huskie sideline boss Roy. "The best thing is that no one gives up
and sooner or later the luck will change our way."
The Huskies hope that luck changes by Wednesday (October 9) when their
rivals from the University of Illinois-Chicago visit for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff
at Huskie Soccer Field.
by Matthew Sinason