Huskies to Host First Game Under New Lights Tuesday

GO HUSKIES Senior Sean Totsch
Senior Sean Totsch

Oct. 21, 2013

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
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The Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team will play the first game under the newly installed lights at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex on Tuesday night when it hosts Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. The first 200 fans at Tuesday’s match will receive a free NIU scarf and, as usual, admission is free of charge.

About Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois comes to DeKalb with a 1-9-2 record, 1-2-1 in the Summit League. The Panthers recorded their first victory of the season last time out (Oct. 22) with a 2-1 double overtime victory over Oral Roberts. The Panthers have scored 19 goals this season, led by six from Garet Christianson, Jake Plant and Jake Brillhart each have four goals. Three goalkeepers have seen action for EIU with Ben Feltes seeing the most action, having played eight matches with 50 saves and a .667 save percentage.

Coach Luzzi on Tuesday’s Match
“I think tomorrow should be a lot of fun. We have had an extended break, 10 days off, so I’m hopeful the guys will approach the game with a good level of energy and excitement. We have had a good stretch of training and seen some improvement in certain areas.

“From a program standpoint, it’s a big night in the history of NIU Soccer. We have been hopeful that lights would eventually be a reality since before I got here in 2006 and the fact that now they are a reality is really special for our program.”  

Let There Be Light
Tuesday’s match is the first under the newly installed lights at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex has been the home for Huskie soccer since the 2008-09 academic year.

Home Sweet Home
NIU will be playing its first home match since Sept. 15 when it hosts Eastern Illinois on Tuesday. The Huskies have played each of their last six games away from home, traveling to the Northwestern Lakeside Classic for two games before road matches at Michigan State, West Virginia, Northwestern and Bowling Green. NIU has four home matches remaining in its final six regular season games.

An Infrequent Foe
Despite their proximity, NIU and Eastern Illinois will be meeting Tuesday night for the first time since 2008, when the Huskies and Panthers played to a 1-1 draw. The two schools are both annually involved in the Governor’s Cup during the spring, along with Western Illinois and SIU Edwardsville. With the exception of Northwestern, Tuesday’s match will be NIU’s first against an in-state opponent since the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011 when the Huskies defeated Western Illinois, 3-0.

Up Next
NIU will return to the road on Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Huskies travel to Akron, Ohio, to face the Zips. Game time at Akron is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.



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