Huskies Host Bowling Green on Senior Day

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Senior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey
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Oct. 19, 2012

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Northern Illinois (3-8-2) vs. Bowling Green (5-7-2)
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: NIU Soccer Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
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About Bowling Green
The Falcons come to DeKalb with a 5-7-2 overall record, 2-2-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Last time out, Bowling Green suffered a 2-1 setback on the road at IPFW. Anthony Grant and Danny Baraldi are tied for the Falcon lead in points with 14; Grant has six goals and two assists while Baraldi has five goals and four assists. Michael Wiest has played all 14 matches in goal for Bowling Green, he has a 1.23 goals against average and four shutouts.

Last season the Huskies earned a 3-0 victory at Bowling Green. Pat Sloan, Kenny Kranz and Jayson LeSeth each recorded goals in the victory for NIU.

Five Seniors Honored
Prior to Saturday’s contest, NIU will honor its five-member senior class of Jordan Godsey, Mike Mascitti, Hooman Shams, Pat Sloan and Rocco Taglia. In the last four seasons, NIU has compiled 37 victories as well as the third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Pritchard Gets His First
Freshman Matt Pritchard scored the first goal of his collegiate career last time out against Valparaiso (Oct. 17). Pritchard’s goal came in his ninth appearance for the Huskies and he is the second member of the freshmen class to get his name on the scoresheet, joining Gabe Christianson who scored against Iona (Sept. 16). In addition to the goal, Pritchard has two assists this season and currently ranks third on the team in points.

Godsey Earns Shutout Record
With his shutout against Rhode Island on Sept. 7, Jordan Godsey set a new NIU school record with his 27th career shutout, breaking a mark held by Markus Roy (1988-91). Godsey currently has 30 career shutouts. Last season, Godsey set the NIU single-season shutout record with 12 clean sheets and also posted a 0.70 goals against average, the second-best single-season mark in program history.

Godsey enters this weekend with a 0.82 career goals against average, the best mark in school history.  

Rivera Strikes Again
Gael Rivera scored his team-best fourth goal of the season to lead the Huskies to a 1-0 victory over Hartwick (Oct. 6). Rivera found the net in the 68th minute to keep NIU perfect in conference play while also tying him with James Stevenson for the team lead in points. Rivera has eight points on four goals while Stevenson has eight points via three goals and two assists.

Stevenson Leads the Line
James Stevenson scored his third goal of the season when he tallied in the 67th minute of a 2-0 victory over Florida Atlantic (Sept. 30). Stevenson’s marker against the Owls was the 12th of his NIU career. Stevenson also recorded an assist on Isaac Kannah’s opening goal against FAU. The Falkirk, Scotland native is currently tied for the team lead with eight points (three goals, two assists).

Isaac Off the Mark
Isaac Kannah scored his first goal of the season in the conference opener against Florida Atlantic (Sept. 30). Kannah got the opening goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, in the 24th minute against the Owls. The goal was Kannah’s first of the season, and the third of his NIU career.

Kannah followed the goal with his first assist of the season in the following game against Hartwick (Oct. 6).

Scoring Duo Earn All-Tournament Honors at New Mexico
Gael Rivera and James Stevenson, NIU’s goalscorers, earned All-Tournament recognition at the Nike Lobo Invitational. For Rivera, the honor was his second of the season; he was also named to the NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Huskie Duo Honored at Northwestern
Charlie Oliver and Pat Sloan were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. It was the second-straight week in which Oliver earned a tournament recognition, the freshman was also recognized on the All-Tournament Team at the NIU adidas Invitational. The honor was Sloan’s second all-tournament selection of his career; he also earned All-Tournament honors last season at the Michigan Invitational.        

Three Named to NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team
With a pair of ties against Rhode Island and Drake, the Huskies took second-place in their home tournament. Gael Rivera, Jayson LeSeth and Charlie Oliver were named to the All-Tournament team. This was the third all-tournament honor for Rivera in his NIU career, he was also named to the all-tournament team at the 2011 MAC Tournament and the 2011 Northwestern Lakeside Classic, and it is the first all-tournament team honor for both LeSeth and Oliver.

Huskies Tabbed Third in MAC
Northern Illinois was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll released Aug. 13. Akron was picked to win the conference while league newcomer West Virginia was tabbed to finish second behind the Zips.

50 Seasons of Huskie Soccer
This season, Northern Illinois is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inaugural season. NIU played its first varsity soccer match on October 5, 1962, a 6-0 loss at Grinnell College.

A Challenging Slate
The 2012 schedule for NIU features five games against foes currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. The Huskies have already played No. 3 Akron, No. 5 Marquette, No. 14 New Mexico and No. 22 Creighton. Next Wednesday (Oct. 24), the Huskies will travel to No. 24 Northwestern.

The Luzzi File
Eric Luzzi is in his fourth season as the head coach at Northern Illinois. Luzzi has compiled a 37-28-5 record at the helm of the Huskies. Luzzi spent three seasons as an assistant at NIU before taking over the program in 2009. On May 24, NIU announced that Luzzi had signed a contract extension through the 2015 season.

Welcome West Virginia
On March 27, the Mid-American Conference announced the addition of West Virginia to the league as a soccer affiliate member. The Mountaineers join Florida Atlantic and Hartwick as soccer-only members of the conference.

Up Next
Northern Illinois will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 24, when the Huskies travel to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern in their final non-conference match of the season. Game time against the Wildcats is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Last Meeting
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October 29, 2011
Bowling Green, Ohio
Huskies Power Past Bowling Green, 3-0
The Northern Illinois men's soccer team recorded its third-straight win with a 3-0 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday night. Senior Pat Sloan scored in the first half before senior Kenny Kranz and freshman Jayson LeSeth added tallies in the second 45 minutes.