GREEN ST. 2, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 1
1-1-0 in the MAC
2-2-0 in the MAC
BGSU --- Cory Stevens (P.J. Behan assist), 5:53 Gone, 1st
NIU --- Bruce Conrad (Jason Sullivan, Brandon Smick assists), 43:01
Gone, 1st Half.
BGSU --- Matt Martinka (Unassisted / PK), 69:11 Gone, 2nd Half.
MISS EARLY CHANCE, PAY PENALTY LATER IN 2-1 MEN'S SOCCER LOSS AT
BOWLING GREEN ST.
GREEN, OH---Northern Illinois University's men's soccer team entered
Sunday's (Oct. 12) match with a chance to make an early statement
in the Mid-American Conference standings. But that opportunity slipped
away as Bowling Green St. University defeated the Huskies, 2-1.
Illinois dropped to 2-9-2 on the season and saw its MAC ledger dip
to 1-1-0. Bowling Green St. evened both its overall (5-5-2) and
conference (2-2-0) records with the victory.
Martinka netted the go-ahead goal at the 69:11 mark after a BGSU
shot hit the Huskies' Jason Sullivan (Quincy / Notre Dame) in the
arm while the senior defender was standing in the penalty area.
Martinka stepped forward to beat NIU goalkeeper Matt Corcoran (Downers
Grove / North) on the resulting PK.
Falcons wasted little time in claiming a 1-0 lead as Cory Stevens
knocked home a short shot with only 5:53 elapsed. P.J. Behan's pass
found Stevens unmarked for a ten-yard strike and a 1-0 lead, but
Northern Illinois answered in the waning moments of the first half.
Bruce Conrad's (Downers Grove / South) five-yarder followed passes
by Sullivan and Brandon Smick (Metamora) to even the contest at
the 43:01 mark.
Illinois out-shot the Falcons 7-6 in the opening 45 minutes but
had only two of those attempts reach BGSU goalkeeper David DeGraff.
In the second half, Bowling Green St. took a 7-3 edge in shots and
took seven of its ten corner kicks after intermission.
unfortunate. This was an even game for the most part before the
PK call went against us," Huskie coach Steve Simmons said.
"The ball was sent in and bounced off Jason before he could
even react, but the referee thought it was intentional. The game
can be cruel like that, and we're a young team on the road. I just
hate to see that play make the difference between winning and losing,
but that's the nature of the game."
Illinois had chances to tie the match late but DeGraff stopped two
Huskie shots in the second half. Corcoran finished with four saves
for the visitors.
The Huskies make their final road trip of the regular season next
weekend, visiting the University of Akron for Friday's (Oct. 17)
7:30 p.m. contest before a Sunday (Oct. 19) matinee at Western Michigan
--- Copy by Robert Hester