Huskies Host West Virginia in Home Finale

GO HUSKIES Senior Mike Mascitti
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Senior Mike Mascitti
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Oct. 26, 2012

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Northern Illinois (4-8-3, 2-1-1 MAC) vs. West Virginia (8-4-2, 3-1-1 MAC)
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 12 p.m. CT
Location: NIU Soccer Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
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NOTE THE TIME CHANGE: Saturday’s contest was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but has been moved up one hour to 12 noon. The switch was necessary to accommodate West Virginia's travel plans.

About West Virginia
MAC newcomer West Virginia brings an 8-4-2 record, 3-1-1 in conference play, to DeKalb on Saturday. The Mountaineers last match was a 2-1 loss at Akron last Saturday (Oct. 20). West Virginia is led by a trio of players, Eric Schoenle, Majed Osman and Uwem Etuk, who each have 10 points on the season. Pat Eavenson has played 12 of West Virginia’s 14 matches in goal; he has three shutouts and a 1.00 goals against average.

The Mountaineers are in their first season as a men’s soccer affiliate member of the MAC. The Big 12, which West Virginia moved into this year, does not sponsor men’s soccer.

Godsey Extends Shutout Record
With his shutout against Rhode Island on Sept. 7, Jordan Godsey set a new NIU school record with his 27th career shutout, breaking a mark held by Markus Roy (1988-91). With his shutout this past Wednesday against Northwestern (Oct. 24), Godsey currently has 32 career shutouts. Last season, Godsey set the NIU single-season shutout record with 12 clean sheets and also posted a 0.70 goals against average, the second-best single-season mark in program history.

Godsey enters Wednesday’s match with a 0.80 career goals against average, the best mark in school history.  

Climbing the National List
Jordan Godsey’s shutout against Northwestern (Oct. 24) gave him 32 clean sheets in his collegiate career, the 11th-most in NCAA history. Godsey’s 32nd shutout broke a tie for 11th with current New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara (Fordham, 2008-11). The NCAA record for career shutout is 50, held by Josh Ford of Connecticut (2007-10).

Oliver’s First is Golden
Freshman Charlie Oliver scored his first collegiate goal on Wednesday against Northwestern (Oct. 24). Not only was the tally the first of his career, it was also an overtime game-winner. Oliver’s goal just 45 seconds into overtime broke a 0-0 deadlock and gave the Huskies their second win in three seasons against the Wildcats.

First Time Starters
Three Huskie freshmen, Miles Stockman-Willis, Kyle Crichton and Kyle McDonald, each made their first career start in NIU’s 1-0 overtime victory over Northwestern (Oct. 24). For McDonald, the match was not just his first career start, it was also the first time he has seen action in a college game.

Pritchard Gets His First
Freshman Matt Pritchard scored the first goal of his collegiate career last week against Valparaiso (Oct. 17). Pritchard’s goal came in his ninth appearance for the Huskies. In addition to the goal, Pritchard has two assists this season and currently ranks third on the team in points.

Rivera Leads With Four
Gael Rivera scored his team-best fourth goal of the season to lead the Huskies to a 1-0 victory over Hartwick (Oct. 6). Rivera found the net in the 68th minute to help NIU to its second conference win of the season while also tying him with James Stevenson for the team lead in points. Rivera has eight points on four goals while Stevenson has eight points via three goals and two assists.

Stevenson Leads the Line
James Stevenson scored his third goal of the season when he tallied in the 67th minute of a 2-0 victory over Florida Atlantic (Sept. 30). Stevenson’s marker against the Owls was the 12th of his NIU career. Stevenson also recorded an assist on Isaac Kannah’s opening goal against FAU. The Falkirk, Scotland native is currently tied for the team lead with eight points (three goals, two assists).

Scoring Duo Earn All-Tournament Honors at New Mexico
Gael Rivera and James Stevenson, NIU’s goalscorers, earned All-Tournament recognition at the Nike Lobo Invitational. For Rivera, the honor was his second of the season; he was also named to the NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Huskie Duo Honored at Northwestern
Charlie Oliver and Pat Sloan were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. It was the second-straight week in which Oliver earned a tournament recognition, the freshman was also recognized on the All-Tournament Team at the NIU adidas Invitational. The honor was Sloan’s second all-tournament selection of his career; he also earned All-Tournament honors last season at the Michigan Invitational.        

Three Named to NIU adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team
With a pair of ties against Rhode Island and Drake, the Huskies took second-place in their home tournament. Gael Rivera, Jayson LeSeth and Charlie Oliver were named to the All-Tournament team. This was the third all-tournament honor for Rivera in his NIU career, he was also named to the all-tournament team at the 2011 MAC Tournament and the 2011 Northwestern Lakeside Classic, and it is the first all-tournament team honor for both LeSeth and Oliver.

Huskies Tabbed Third in MAC
Northern Illinois was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll released Aug. 13. Akron was picked to win the conference while league newcomer West Virginia was tabbed to finish second behind the Zips.

50 Seasons of Huskie Soccer
This season, Northern Illinois is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inaugural season. NIU played its first varsity soccer match on October 5, 1962, a 6-0 loss at Grinnell College.

A Challenging Slate
The 2012 schedule for NIU features four games against foes currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. The Huskies have played No. 2 Akron, No. 5 Marquette, No. 10 New Mexico and No. 21 Creighton. In addition, last time out NIU faced Northwestern, who is just three spots out of this week’s top 25.

The Luzzi File
Eric Luzzi is in his fourth season as the head coach at Northern Illinois. Luzzi has compiled a 38-28-6 record at the helm of the Huskies. Luzzi spent three seasons as an assistant at NIU before taking over the program in 2009. On May 24, NIU announced that Luzzi had signed a contract extension through the 2015 season.

Welcome West Virginia
On March 27, the Mid-American Conference announced the addition of West Virginia to the league as a soccer affiliate member. The Mountaineers join Florida Atlantic and Hartwick as soccer-only members of the conference.

Up Next
The Huskies will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 30, when they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face Western Michigan. Game time against the Broncos is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT, and the contest will be played at Kalamazoo College.