DeKALB, IL- Fraser Gibson (Dumbarton, Scotland / Dumbarton Academy) and Curt Zastrow (North Freedom, WI / Reedsburg Area) each scored a pair of goals, leading an offensive onslaught from the Northern Illinois men's soccer team in a 6-3 win over Bowl
NORTHERN ILLINOIS SCORES EARLY AND OFTEN IN 6-3 VICTORY OVER BOWLING
DeKALB, IL- Fraser Gibson (Dumbarton, Scotland / Dumbarton
Academy) and Curt Zastrow (North Freedom, WI / Reedsburg Area)
each scored a pair of goals, leading an offensive onslaught from the
Northern Illinois men's soccer team in a 6-3 win over Bowling Green
State University. The Huskies netted their most goals in a game since
a 6-2 win over DePaul University in 2000. The win puts NIU at 8-4
on the season, 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while BGSU falls
to 0-13, 0-3 in the league.
The flood gates opened at the 2:25 mark when Gibson netted a free
kick from just outside the box, his third lamplighter of the season.
Less than four minutes later, Zastrow headed in a Justin McGrane
(Rockford / Boylan) pass to put the Huskies up 2-0. McGrane again
played a roll in the third score of the afternoon, again getting the
helper on Gibson's second goal of the day.
"We came out very energetic today with our intensity," Huskie
head coach Steve Simmons said. "We were ready to go."
The Huskies would go up 4-0 at the 35:51 mark when Brendon Parrish
(Rockford / Auburn) connected with Cody Russell (Glendale,
AZ / Cactus). Parrish would then get the glory, breaking away with
a Blake Gotowski (Frankfort / Lincoln Way-East) less than a
minute later and putting it in the net at 36:48, giving Northern Illinois
a 5-0 halftime lead. With the large lead, the Huskies went to the
bench, giving many players minutes, including goaltender Matt Corcoran
(Downers Grove / North).
"We needed to get Matt into the game for some minutes,"
Simmons added. "He's going to be our back-up this weekend at
Kentucky and we needed to get him some fresh minutes to get him ready."
Early in the second half, BGSU scored early when a Nnamdi Ihemelu
shot bounced off the back of a Northern Illinois player and got past
Corcoran to make it 5-1. Bowling Green added a pair of goals in the
next 20 minutes to cut the NIU lead to 5-3 with less than 24 minutes
remaining. At that point, Simmons put most of the game's starters
back on the field, and Zastrow took a Bruce Conrad (Downers
Grove / South) pass the length of the field to score his second of
"Getting everyone in we had a good chance to see where everyone
is," Simmons stated. "Now we have Kentucky, which really
is a defining game. This is our chance to legitimize all of this to
ourselves. This is why you play the game."
Northern Illinois hits the road for a showdown with Mid-American Conference
leader Kentucky, Sunday (Oct. 10) at UK Soccer Complex. Game time
is set for 2:30 p.m., with live statistical updates available at www.ukathletics.com.