Northern Illinois men's soccer drops Lewang Cup match 1-0 to UW-Milwaukee MILWAUKEE, WI- One of the fiercest rivalries in midwestern soccer put another chapter in the books, as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated Northern Illinois University 1-0 in the John Lewang Memorial Cup match. The cup--dedicated to forme
NORTHERN ILLINOIS MEN'S SOCCER DROPS LEWANG CUP MATCH 1-0 TO UW-MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE, WI- One of the fiercest rivalries in midwestern soccer
put another chapter in the books, as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
defeated Northern Illinois University 1-0 in the John Lewang Memorial
Cup match. The cup--dedicated to former NIU coach John Lewang,
who lost his life in a car accident prior to the 1981 season--remains
in the Panthers hands for the fourth consecutive season. UW-Milwaukee
advances their record to 6-4-3, while the Huskies slip to 11-5 on
"It was a pretty level game between two evenly matched teams,"
second-year coach Steve Simmons said.
Tough playing conditions greeted the squads, as a windy day in the
upper-40s made play difficult early on. In the first 45:00 neither
team was able to mount a serious challenge, with NIU getting four
shots off (one on goal) compared to a single shot by the Panthers.
In the second half, UW-Milwaukee got a lucky bounce, as Dan Horst
headed it off the crossbar and into the net for his fourth goal of
the season. The door opened for a Huskie comeback in the 79th minute
when UWM's Adam Gehrt received his second yellow card and was removed
from the game, forcing the Panthers to play a man down for the final
11:05. At that point, the Panthers bunkered in on defense with the
lead, and while Northern Illinois threatened late with the advantage,
the Huskies were unable to beat the Panther keeper Eric Mickschl,
who registered four saves in his third shutout of the year. Huskie
netminder Steve Goletz (Downers Grove / South) allowed only
his ninth goal in 12 games this season, seeing an end to a 378:33
"This game was very comparable to a first round NCAA game on
the road," Simmons added. "We played well and brought the
energy, but our eyes are on Sunday now."
Northern Illinois must now turn its focus to Sunday (Oct. 24), when
they play host to the University of Akron in the Mid-American Conference
finale. A Huskie victory on Sunday would clinch the MAC Championship
regardless of the result of Friday night's Kentucky/Akron match, and
also give the Huskies a free pass into the semifinals of the MAC Championships.
It is Senior Day on Sunday, with game time set for 1 p.m. at Huskie