Huskies Host UW Milwaukee in LeWang Cup Clash

GO HUSKIES Isaac Kannah earned MAC Player of the Week honors this week
Isaac Kannah earned MAC Player of the Week honors this week

Oct. 29, 2013

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex, DeKalb, Ill.
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The Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to host UW Milwaukee in their annual LeWang Cup matchup. The Huskies will be looking for their third consecutive home victory and their second-straight midweek home win after defeating Eastern Illinois, 3-0, last Tuesday in DeKalb.

About UW Milwaukee
The Panthers come to DeKalb with an 11-2-2 record after earning a 2-1 victory over Oakland last time out (Oct. 26). UW Milwaukee won eight-straight games between Sept. 8 and Oct. 12 before going 1-1-1 in their last three. The Panthers have scored 29 goals this season, led by 10 from junior Laurie Bell. Liam Anderson has played all 15 matches in goal for the Panthers with a 0.76 goals against average and a .812 save percentage.

Coach Luzzi on the Panthers
“This will be a tough game for us, as UW Milwaukee is having a great season.  They have only lost a couple games this year, and they have been in the top 30 of most of the polls throughout this season. I think it’s a great thing that our game with them is played for a trophy. There are only a handful of regular season games that are played for a cup, and it adds an extra element to these late season non-conference games, which can sometimes be difficult to get up for. Milwaukee is a very good team, and it should be a great game.”

The LeWang Cup
Named in honor of former UW Milwaukee assistant and NIU head coach John LeWang, who died in a car accident in 1980, the Huskies and Panthers meet annually for the LeWang Cup. The series began in 1981 and the Panthers have won each of the past two meetings, ending a straight of five-straight victories by NIU.

Kannah Earns Weekly Honor
On Monday (Oct. 28), Isaac Kannah was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week following his three goals last week in a pair of matches against Eastern Illinois and Akron. Kannah scored twice against the Panthers, the first multi-goal game of his NIU career, and once against the Zips to give him a team-best six goals on the season. This is Kannah’s first career MAC Player of the Week honor.

One More for the Road
NIU has just one remaining regular season road match, a trip to Oneonta, N.Y., this Saturday (Nov. 2) to face Hartwick. Beginning with Wednesday’s match against UW Milwaukee, the Huskies will play three of their final four match at home in DeKalb.

Up Next
The Huskies will be back on the road for the final time during the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they travel to Oneonta, N.Y., to face Hartwick. Game time against the Hawks is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.



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