No. 19 NIU Men's Soccer Takes To The Field Twice This Weekend

GO HUSKIES The Huskies look to continue their unbeaten streak this Friday (Oct. 20) against MAC foe Buffalo at 7 p.m. ET.
The Huskies look to continue their unbeaten streak this Friday (Oct. 20) against MAC foe Buffalo at 7 p.m. ET.

Oct. 19, 2006

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Oct. 19, 2006

DeKalb, Ill.- THIS WEEK IN MEN'S SOCCER ACTION: Friday/ Oct. 20- Northern Illinois at Buffalo, 6 p.m. (CST) Sunday/ Oct. 22- Wisconsin at Northern Illinois, 2:15 p.m. (CST)

NORTHERN ILLINOIS MAINTAINS A EIGHT-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: Northern Illinois (11-3-1, 4-0 MAC) shutout then ranked #17 Akron (8-4-1, 2-1 MAC) 1-0 on Saturday (Oct. 14) at Huskie Soccer Field. The Huskies are currently fi rst in the MAC riding an eight-game unbeaten streak and have posted ten shutouts on the season.

Goalkeeper Joe Zimka (Algonquin, Ill./ Jacobs) recorded nine saves in the net for the Huskies. Zimka has not allowed a goal in 670 minutes of action, notching seven uninterrupted shutouts. Zimka has tied Steve Goletz's 2005 record for most consecutive shutouts on a season.

HUSKIES RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION: The Northern Illinois men's soccer team has performed admirably this season and for their efforts they are receiving national recognition as the Huskies are ranked no. 19 in the country by the NSCAA, third in the Great Lakes Top 10 rankings, 24th in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 Poll, as well as 24th in the College Soccer News- Top 30 National Poll.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Northern Illinois will face the Bulls of Buffalo on Friday (Oct. 20) who stand 8-5-2 overall and 2-1 in MAC play. The Huskies last met Buffalo on Nov., 11, 2005 at Huskie Soccer Field. The Bulls shutout NIU 2-0.

On Sunday (Oct. 22) the Huskies will play their last regular-season home match against Wisconsin. The Badgers stand 9-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the Big Ten. The Huskies last faced off against Wisconsin on Sep. 28, 2005, to post a 1-0 win.

NIU'S MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: Sophomore defender Drew Jeskey (St. Charles, Ill./ East) was named the Mid-American Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week. This past weekend Jeskey assisted the Huskies lone game-winning goal against Akron on Saturday (Oct. 14) to help secure the shutout. Jeskey's helper came in the 76th minute of play. Coming off a long throw-in from Kevin Woerner, Jeskey headed the ball to the far post from about fi ve yards out. The Zip's goalkeeper, Evan Bush, was diving towards the left side of the net when Marcus McCarty intercepted the ball and blasted it on goal. Jeskey has three assists on the year and fi ve assists in his career with the Huskies.

SIMMONS SAYS (Quoting coach Steve Simmons): On This weekend and Buffalo: "These two matches [Buffalo and Wisconsin] will be another defining weekend for us on the season. Playing at Buffalo on their senior night will be a great challenge. They have always played us well and have had our number in the last two MAC tournaments. Also, hey've got a solid core of upper classmen who know how to win."

On Wisconsin: "Wisconsin is having a dynamite season. In addition to being well-coached, they are riding on a ton of confidence while continuing to show a good Big Ten campaign. Because they will be on eight days of rest, we `ll have to turn around after Buffalo and be up for a big game. It will test our depth and resiliency."

LOOKING AHEAD: Friday/ Oct. 27- Northern Illinois at Northwestern, 3 p.m. (CST)


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