Nov. 1, 2013
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS (4-11-0, 0-3-0 MAC) at HARTWICK (4-7-4, 2-2-1 MAC)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
Time: 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET)
Location: Elmore Field, Oneonta, N.Y.
Live Stats: HartwickHawks.com
Live Video: Empire8.tv
The Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team begins its final three games of conference play on Saturday as it travels to Oneonta, N.Y., to face Hartwick College. The Huskies have won the last two meetings with the Hawks, including a 1-0 victory last season.
Hartwick enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-7-4 overall record, 2-2-1 in Mid-American Conference play, with wins over Akron and West Virginia. The Hawks have played to ties in each of their last two games, playing to a 1-1 draw with Bowling Green last Saturday (Oct. 26) before playing to a scoreless tie with Albany on Tuesday (Oct. 29). Will Broomfield leads the Hawks in scoring with four goals and 10 points, Mateo Munarriz has played all 15 matches in goal for Hartwick with a 1.05 goals against average and a .730 save percentage.
Coach Luzzi on the Hawks
“It is an important game, obviously. Both teams need a result, there’s no way around that. They have proven that they can be difficult to play against, and they have gotten some good results in our conference. It will be a good challenge for our guys and I fully expect that we will up for it.”
One More for the Road
Saturday’s contest at Hartwick is NIU’s final road match and begins a stretch of three straight conference games to end the 2013 regular season. Following the trip to Central New York, the Huskies will host Western Michigan (Nov. 5) and Buffalo (Nov. 9).
The Six Constants
Just six players, Isaac Kannah, Sean Totsch, Bertrand Gaschot, Cody Witkowski, Andrew Palumbo and Kyle Crichton, have played in all 15 games this season for the Huskies. Of that group, only one, Sean Totsch, has started all 15 matches for NIU. The senior captain has played 1,357 of a possible 1,379 minutes this season, Kannah in second in minutes played with 1,262.
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.
NIU will return home on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the Huskies host Western Michigan. Game time against the Broncos is scheduled for 7 p.m.