ILLINOIS MEN'S SOCCER CONTINUES WINNING WAYS AGAINST VALPARAISO
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.
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."
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.
we got that lead, I was really happy to see our guys keep the intensity
in the second half," Simmons added.
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.
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.
is on the road for a Mid-American Conference showdown at the University
at Buffalo on Sunday (October 17) at 1 p.m.