Men's soccer continues home-field success with 2-0 victory over Buffalo



Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  


Buffalo 0 - 0 - - - 0 UB now 1-11-3,
0-6-0 in the MAC
Northern Illinois 1 - 1 - - - 2

NIU now 3-11-2, 2-3-0 in the MAC


Scoring Summary:
NIU --- Bernhard Hagevik (Kevin Woerner assist), six-yard header off corner kick, 19:27 Gone, 1st Half.
NIU --- Kevin Woerner (Eric O'Reilly, Jose Alvarado assists), 14-yarder from right side in transition, 79:57 Gone, 2nd Half.

Statistical Summary:

Statistic UB NIU
Overall Shots 15 22
Shots on Goal 4 6
Corner Kicks 6 5
Offsides 1 0
Fouls 16 12




DeKALB, IL---For the Northern Illinois University men's soccer team, Sunday's (Oct. 26) match versus the University at Buffalo was billed as Senior Recognition Day. But Huskie freshman Kevin Woerner (Elmhurst / York) took the spotlight from his elder statesmen, scoring a goal and an assist to lead NIU to a 2-0 victory in Mid-American Conference action.


Northern Illinois won its third consecutive home match, improving to 3-11-2 overall and 2-3-0 in the MAC. NIU---which snapped a four-match overall losing streak Sunday---has not lost in DeKalb since Sept. 21 and is now 3-2-2 on its home field this season. Buffalo dropped its eighth match in a row, slipping to 1-11-3 overall and finishing the MAC schedule at 0-6-0.

"Making a statement in this conference is something that we've been trying to do. The last two times we startedt hat, but we didn't get the results we wanted," Northern Illinois coach Steve Simmons said, referring to 1-0 losses at the University of Akron and Western Michigan University last weekend. "The guys are building a bit of a home-field advantage here, and that's something we want to capitalize on."

Woerner set up the first strike of the afternoon midway through the first half, as his corner kick found Bernhard Hagevik (Oslo, Norway / Wang Academy) open in front of the net. Hagevik's six-yard header eluded UB netminder Christ Vavrina for his second goal of the season, and stood up for a 1-0 lead at intermission. Woerner then added an insurance tally with 10:03 remaining, notching his first collegiate goal after Eric O'Reilly (Geneva) steered Jose Alvarado's (Elgin / Burlington Central) long pass. A charging Woerner took the ball for a 14-yarder into the left side of the net and put the match out of reach.

"I'm so happy for Kevin, because he has worked so hard all season," Simmons said. "And (senior defender) Jason Sullivan (Quincy / Notre Dame) showed the heart of a warrior today. To get a shutout like this is great. They're making a statement to the rest of the league, and (freshman goalkeeper) Matt Corcoran (Downers Grove / North) has come up with the big saves in the last three games. He's still learning his way, but the shutout should give us a confidence boost."

Corcoran registered four saves for his second shutout of the season while Northern Illinois rolled up a 22-15 edge in shots.

"I hope this can set the tempo going into the MAC tournament," the Huskie sideline boss added. "This last week is vital for momentum and to make this team feel like we're legitimate contenders."

The Huskies' home-field streak faces a stiff challenge in the regular-season finale on Friday (Oct. 31). The University of Kentucky visits DeKalb for a 2:30 p.m. match, looking to complete an undefeated run through the MAC. UK secured the top seed in the league tournament Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Marshall, climbing to 5-0-0 in the conference.

-30- --- Copy by Robert Hester



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