Huskies Return to MAC Play at Bowling Green

GO HUSKIES Freshman Richard Hall
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Freshman Richard Hall
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Oct. 11, 2013

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS (3-8-0) at BOWLING GREEN (2-5-4)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET)
Location: Cochrane Field, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Live Stats: BGSUFalcons.com

The Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team closes its longest road trip on the season on Saturday as it travels to Bowling Green, Ohio, to face the Bowling Green Falcons. NIU is looking for its first conference win after opening league play last weekend with a setback at West Virginia. Last season, the Huskies and Falcons played to a scoreless draw in DeKalb.

About Bowling Green
Bowling Green enters Saturday’s contest with a 2-5-4 overall record, 1-1-0 in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons hosts the University of Detroit on Tuesday (Oct. 8), falling to the Titans, 2-1, snapping a three-game unbeaten streak. Anthony Grant has two goals and one assist to lead Bowling Green in scoring, Michael Wiest has played all 11 matches in goal for the Falcons, posting a 0.93 goals against average and a .796 save percentage.

Coach Luzzi on the Falcons
“It should be a good game. (Bowling Green) is a good team, they are generally solid all over (the field). They don’t give away a lot and they are a very senior-laden team, so they have some experience on the field. I think in some ways this is their year, this Eric’s (Nichols) fifth year and I think this is a year they have been building towards. They are a good team and its going to be a tough game. They have done a good job in the last year or two marketing their program, so it could be a good crowd and a good environment to play in.

“Although we were disappointed with the result, we were pleased with the performance on Wednesday and we are going to need more of the same energy, effort and willingness to put the work in on both sides of the ball as we had on Wednesday.”

Pavliga Makes His Debut
Freshman goalkeeper Mike Pavliga made his collegiate debut on Wednesday in NIU’s 1-0 setback at No. 14 Northwestern. The rookie from Naperville, Ill., was credited with six saves as the Huskies were edged by the Wildcats. Pavliga’s first appearance means that all three goalkeepers have played this season for the Huskies.

End of the Road
Saturday’s trip to Bowling Green marks the final game of a four-game road trip for NIU, and the final game of six in a row outside of DeKalb. The Huskies began the stretch with a pair of neutral site games in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic, followed by trips to Michigan State, West Virginia and Northwestern before ending Saturday at Bowling Green. NIU will play its first home game in over a month on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when it hosts Eastern Illinois.

The Long Break Ahead
NIU will have its longest break between games this season following Saturday’s contest at Bowling Green. The Huskies will have 10 days between the match with the Falcons and their Oct. 22 home match with Eastern Illinois. NIU’s second-longest stretch between games this season was seven days between road matches at Michigan State and West Virginia.  

Hall Cracks the Starting 11
Richard Hall made his first career start on Wednesday in NIU’s 1-0 loss at Northwestern. Hall is the 15th different field player to start a match this season, all three goalkeepers have also started at least one game for the Huskies this year. Sean Totsch is the only player to start all 11 matches for NIU in 2013.

Up Next
NIU will return home on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when it hosts Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m., at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.