Huskies Return to Conference Play at Akron

GO HUSKIES Freshman Cody Witkowski
Freshman Cody Witkowski

Oct. 25, 2013

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS (4-9-0) at No. 18 AKRON (10-3-1)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET)
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field, Akron, Ohio
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Coming off a 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday night, the Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team returns to conference play on Saturday when it travels to Akron to meet the 18th ranked Zips.

About Akron
The Zips enter Saturday’s match with a 10-3-1 record, 3-1 in Mid-American Conference play, and are ranked 18th in this week’s NSCAA poll. Last time out on Wednesday (Oct. 23), Akron played to a scoreless draw with Michigan State, extending their unbeaten streak to four after falling to Hartwick, 2-0, on Oct. 5. Reinaldo Brenes leads Akron with four goals; Eric Stevenson is the top point producer for the Zips with 10 points on three goals and four assists. Fernando Pina has played all 14 matches in goal, collecting eight shutouts with a 0.54 goals against average.

Coach Luzzi on the Zips
“Obviously, Akron has been the team to beat in our conference over the last 5 years.  And they have a very good team again this year.   They have an awesome environment to play in, and our games against them have always been very good battles.  I would expect that our guys will be up for this game, and it should be a great college soccer game.”
Kannah’s Career High Climbs
With a pair of goals in NIU’s 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, Isaac Kannah now has a career-best five goals this season. Kannah, who scored in the 24th and 45th minutes on Tuesday, has now scored nine goals in 53 career games. Tuesday was his first career multi-goal game.

Page Tallies His First
Dusty Page scored the first goal of his NIU career on Tuesday night in NIU’s 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois. Page headed home NIU’s third goal off the game off a corner kick from Jayson LeSeth. Page is the seventh different Huskie to score a goal this season.

Getting Defensive
In Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois, NIU became the first team to shutout the Panthers this season. Andrew Glaeser made five saves in goal for the Huskies while posting his second clean sheet of the season.

Let There Be Light
NIU played its first game under the newly installed lights at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 22, defeating Eastern Illinois, 3-0. Isaac Kannah scored a pair of goals and Dusty Page got the first goal of his Huskie career. The NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex has been the home for Huskie soccer since the 2008-09 academic year, NIU has not played home night games since moving out of Huskie Stadium in 1989.

Home Sweet Home
On Tuesday (Oct. 22), NIU played its first home match in over a month when it defeated Eastern Illinois, 3-0. The Huskies played six games away from home prior to Tuesday night but will finish with four of their final six games at home. Following Saturday’s game at Akron, NIU has just one more road match, Nov. 2 at Hartwick.

Up Next
NIU will return home on Wednesday (Oct. 30) as the Huskies host Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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