Oct. 25, 2006
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DeKalb, Ill. THIS WEEK IN MEN'S SOCCER ACTION:
Friday/ Oct. 27- Northern Illinois at Northwestern, 3 p.m. (CDT)
NORTHERN ILLINOIS SPLITS WEEKEND'S PAY:
Northern Illinois was shutout by MAC foe Buffalo 1-0 on Friday (Oct. 20) night in their last league game of the season at UB Stadium. However, rallying in the face of adversity, the Huskies persevered and came back on Sunday (Oct. 23) to shutout the Badgers of Wisconsin 1-0 at Huskie Soccer Field. The draw brought the Huskies' record to 12-4-1 and 4-1 in the MAC heading into their regular season finale with Northwestern on Friday afternoon.
Goalkeeper Joe Zimka (Algonquin, Ill./ Jacobs) recorded nine saves in the net against Wisconsin. Zimka has nrecorded eight shutouts on the season and has surpassed Steve Goletz's 2005 record for most consecutive shutouts on a season by just minutes.
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 24th in the country by the NSCAA, fourth in the Great Lakes Top 10 rankings, as well as 25th in the College Soccer News- Top 30 National Poll.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Northern Illinois has plenty of time to get ready for their next opponent, the Wildcats of Northwestern. The Huskies will travel to Thomas Sports Complex, on Friday (Oct. 27) for a 3 p.m. (CDT) match-up. NIU 12-4-1 and 4-1 in the MAC and Northwestern 10-6-0 and 2-4 in the Big Ten last faced off in DeKalb, Ill., on September 16, 2005, when the Huskies shutout the Wildcats 1-0. NIU is 15-5-3 in the all-times series with the `Cats. Northwestern has been coached by Tim Lenahan for the past five seasons and holds a
NIU'S MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE:
Marcus McCarty, forward, junior, Fort Worth, Texas (Fossil Ridge) tallied a game-winning goal in the 93rd minute of overtime play off a spectacular bicycle kick from within the 18. McCarty's goal was assisted by Fraser Gibson (Dumbarton, Scotland/ Dumbarton Academy) and Kevin Woerner (Elmhurst, Ill./ York). Gibson headed the ball from about nine yards out off of Woerner's throw-in. Wisconsin's goalkeeper, Jake Settle, was caught up in traffic when McCarty intercepted the ball and blasted it on goal. McCarty has recorded nine goals, four assists and six game-winning goals on the season. Furthermore, McCarty currently leads the MAC in goals scored and assists to date. McCarty's previous season best with NIU was in 2004 when he scored eight goals on the season and had two assists.
SIMMONS SAYS (Quoting coach Steve Simmons):
"This Friday's match at Northwestern will be very challenging. It's been quite some time since we've seen each other play, and since then they've had plenty of big wins. It's no surprise that the `Cats have had another 10 win season; Coach Lenahan and his staff always have well prepared teams. Once again, we'll have to bring out our best against a solid Big Ten side who is preparing for their conference tournament."
Friday/ Nov. 3- MAC Tournament **
Sunday/ Nov. 5- MAC Tournament**
** TBA location and time
(For further information, please contact Katie Hein at 815.753.9572)