Huskie women's soccer staying alive in Mid-American Conference race (10/15)



OCTOBER 15, 2004


DeKALB, IL- Northern Illinois took its third consecutive victory on Friday (October 15), defeating former Mid-Continent Conference rival Valparaiso 3-0. The victory gives NIU its tenth win in 12 games, pushing the season mark to 10-4. Valpo falls to 3-6-3 on the year. Northern Illinois has now been victorious in all nine meetings between the schools, dating back to 1971.

"After beating Kentucky, we knew there was a chance of a letdown," Huskie head coach Steve Simmons said. "But, scoring early in both halves gave us a little breathing room."

Scoring early seems to be the Huskie M.O. as of late, with Curt Zastrow (North Freedom, WI / Reedsburg Area) firing a laser from 18 yards out that Valpo keeper Jeff Oleck was able to get a hand on, but not able to keep from the net. Bernhard Hagevik (Oslo, Norway / Wang) was credited with an assist, as the Huskies took the 1-0 lead at the 5:00 mark.

"Even though we got that lead, I was really happy to see our guys keep the intensity in the second half," Simmons added.

That intensity provided the Huskies with another early goal in the second, with Hagevik scoring off a Kevin Woerner (Elmhurst / York) pass just 1:34 into the period (46:34). The Huskies afforded themselves some more insurance at 72:19 when Steve Algozino (Frankfort / Lincoln-Way East) scored off a header from Tony Deldin (Lockport) and Brendan Parrish (Rockford / Auburn). From there, Huskie goaltender Steve Goletz (Downers Grove / South) took care of the rest, making four saves in his fourth shutout of the season. Goletz gave NIU its first back-to-back shutouts since the 1998 season when the Huskies opened the season shutting out Loyola and Wisconsin.

The victory give Northern Illinois ten wins in a season for the tenth time in 45 years, and is the most since winning 12 in 1999. The win also ensures the Huskies of their first winning season since that 1999 squad went 12-9.

Northern Illinois is on the road for a Mid-American Conference showdown at the University at Buffalo on Sunday (October 17) at 1 p.m.