Northern Illinois men's soccer comes up short in 1-0 thriller to Wisconsin-MIlwaukee





Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  


Wisconsin- Milwaukee 0 - 1 - - - 1 UWM now 7-1-1
Northern Illinois 0 - 0 - - - 1

NIU now 2-9-0,
0-1-0 in MAC


Scoring Summary:

UWM --- Kyle Lance (Kevin Roethe assist), 66:10 Gone,2nd Half

Statistical Summary:

Statistic UWM NIU
Overall Shots 31 9
Shots on Goal 6 4
Corner Kicks 13 1
Offsides 5 1
Fouls 20 21



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 7-1-1.

"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.

--- Copy by Matthew Sinason