Oct. 18, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois men’s soccer team will open its final home stand of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 19, as the Huskies host Western Michigan at 3 p.m. at the NIU Soccer Complex.
Following the Match Against Western Michigan
Gametracker is available at NIUHuskies.com. Live video is also available at NIUHuskies.com via Huskie All-Access.
About Western Michigan
Western Michigan comes to DeKalb with a 5-8-1 overall record, 1-1-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos defeated Buffalo, 2-1, at home this past Saturday. Shane Lyons leads WMU in scoring with six goals and one assist. Matt Murrell has started 11 of the Broncos’ 14 matches in goal. Murrell has a 1.41 goals against average and a .737 save percentage to go with his 4-5-1 record.
Last season, the Huskies defeated Western Michigan, 2-0, in Kalamazoo.
Luzzi on the Western Michigan Match
“It is a conference game and Western Michigan is a good team. They have a hard-working, committed group that plays a somewhat direct style but they also have some ‘personality’ players that can change a game. We have to focus on our game and what we need to do, but we know that we are playing a very solid team.”
Faculty and Staff Appreciation and Hungry Huskie Day
The NIU men’s soccer team will host its Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day in conjunction with Wednesday’s home match against the Broncos. The match will also be NIU Hungry Huskie day. All members of the NIU community will be treated to free hot dogs at the match provided by the men’s soccer team.
Youth Will Be Served
Led by three goals each from sophomore Gael Rivera and freshman Paul Hogan, the NIU men's soccer team has seen its young players lead the way offensively. In total, 13 of the 15 goals scored by the Huskies this season have come from freshmen and sophomores.
LeSeth Makes Eight
Freshman Jayon LeSeth’s game-winning goal at Marquette on Tuesday night was the first goal of his collegiate career. The marker also gave the Huskies eight different goal scorers on the season. In addition, 12 different NIU players have recorded at least one point.
Godsey Among Nation's Best
Junior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey ranks among the nation’s best goalkeepers in goals against average. Godsey is currently 29th in the national rankings with a 0.803 GAA. The Huskies also rank 19th in the nation in shutout percentage, holding opponents goalless in half of their matches this season.
Last Time Out
The Huskies dropped a 2-0 decision last Wednesday (Oct. 12) to Northwestern on the road in Evanston, Ill. The defeat snapped a four-match winning streak against teams from the Big Ten Conference.
Freshman Paul Hogan has scored a team-high-tying three goals thus far for the Huskies. Hogan entered the season-opener at Saint Louis at the 40:44 mark and just 39 seconds later, with his first touch of the game, Hogan found the back of the net for the game-winning goal. Hogan continued the superb start to his collegiate career when he scored in the ninth minute of his first career start at Oakland. He found the net again on the third weekend of the season in NIU's 4-0 victory over Portland.
Rivera to the Rescue
Gael Rivera scored his third goal of the season in overtime against UC Davis to lift the Huskies to a victory over the Aggies. The goal was Rivera's second of the weekend and helped him earn all-tournament team honors at the Lakeside Classic. Rivera is tied for the team lead with three goals and leads NIU with seven points.
The Luzzi File
Northern Illinois head coach Eric Luzzi is in his third season as the head coach for the Huskies. Luzzi has a record of 27-18-3 at the helm of NIU. The Huskies' head man spent three seasons as an assistant at NIU before taking becoming the head coach. In his first season at NIU, Luzzi helped the program win the MAC Championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
All-Tournament Team at Northwestern
Francis Otira and Gael Rivera were named to the Northwestern Lakeside Classic All-Tournament team last weekend. Rivera scored both of NIU's goals in the tournament. For Otira, the accolade marked his third-straight all-tournament team honor.
Otira Claims Honors
On Sept. 12, Francis Otira earned both College Soccer News National Team of the Week and Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors for his performance at the NIU/adidas Invitational. It marked the second consecutive week a Huskie claimed both awards.
Four Huskies Named to NIU/adidas All-Tournament Team
Francis Otira earned Most Valuable Player recognition and Jordan Godsey, Karim Darbaki and Isaac Kannah were named to the All-Tournament team at the NIU/adidas Invitational. Godsey recorded clean sheets in both games, Darbaki scored a pair of goals and Kannah registered a goal and an assist.
Sloan's Game Winners Earn Weekly Accolades
Senior Pat Sloan was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week and was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week following his performance in the Michigan Invitational. Sloan netted the game-winning goal against both Oakland and Michigan to help the Huskies win the Michigan Invitational. The two goals were the first of Sloan's NIU career.
Four Huskies Earn All-Tournament Honors at Michigan
En route to winning the Michigan Invitational, four Huskies, seniors Pat Sloan, Francis Otira and Brad Horton, along with junior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey, were named to the Michigan Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Kannah Finds the Net
After scoring four times in three preseason exhibition games, freshman Isaac Kannah found the net for the first time in the regular season when he scored the lone goal in NIU's 1-0 victory over Valparaiso. Kannah's unassisted tally broke a deadlock against the Crusaders in the 85th minute. Kannah also had a team-best four assists this season.
The Huskies will remain at home this weekend as they host Florida Atlantic on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, at the NIU Soccer Complex. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.