Horton, Zimka Help Huskies Ground Falcons, 1-0

GO HUSKIES Senior goalkeeper Joe Zimka recorded his first career assist Saturday
Senior goalkeeper Joe Zimka recorded his first career assist Saturday

Oct. 25, 2008

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DeKalb - Senior goalkeeper Joe Zimka in known for his steady hand and spectacular saves between the pipes, but it was his offensive contribution that gave the Northern Illinois men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Bowling Green, Saturday.

In the 62nd minute, Zimka (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs) punted a 70-yard through ball to Brad Horton (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore), who ran past his defender to retrieve it in the Falcon box. Horton placed the ball far post, just out of the reach of BGSU goalkeeper Paul Shoemaker, for Horton's sixth goal of the season.

"Joe put a big one in, it skipped and Brad got in behind the keeper and tapped it in," Simmons said. "He'd been working that side pretty good, and it finally paid off."

The Huskies improve to 8-3-4 overall and 3-1-1 in the Mid-American Conference with the win. Bowling Green fell to 4-10-1, and is winless in MAC play through five matches.

The assist was the first of Zimka's career, which now includes 20 shutouts, the second-most in Northern Illinois men's soccer history. The shutout is the sixth for Northern Illinois and Zimka this season.

"After we scored the goal, we locked it down pretty good," Simmons said.

The Huskies outshot Bowling Green 15-12, with a 5-3 advantage in shots on target. But the teams were even with eight attempts each in the opening 45 minutes.

"The first half was a touch lifeless for both teams," Simmons said. "We brought a lot better energy and really pushed ourselves in the second half."

Northern Illinois returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. to host Wisconsin at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.