Soccer Battles Back For 2-1 Overtime Win Over IPFW in Fort
Wayne, IN Sometimes, all is well that ends well. Although
Northern Illinois University mens soccer coach Steve Simmons
would have preferred an easier time of it, the bottom line is that
the Huskies erased a deficit in order to pull off a 2-1 overtime
victory over Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (IPFW)
in Wednesday (Nov. 2) nights regular-season and Mid-American
over the MAC affiliate member boosts the Huskies season ledger
to 11-5-2 overall and 4-1-0 in league play. IPFWs Mastadons
end their first MAC season at 0-5-0 in the conference and dip to
3-16-0 for the year. Regard-less of the matchs outcome, both
teams fates were already determined for the Mid-Am Postseason
Tournament. As the No. 6 seed, IPFW has to visit No. 3-seeded University
at Buffalo on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Ironically, NIU could face the Mastadons
again in a Friday, Nov. 11, semifinal, but most likely will meet
a UB Bulls team that will be hoping to avenge a regular-season loss
by knocking the Huskies out of the tournament for a second straight
The other Tuesday
first-round match has No. 5 Bowling Green State University at No.
4 Western Michigan University with the winner then advancing into
the other semifinal opposite the University of Akron the
MACs regular-season champ and the nations consensus
No. 1-ranked program. Those Mid-Am semifinals as well as the Nov.
13 championship all take place in Akron, Ohio.
we played well, we just had a heckuva time finishing and while that
was a little frustrating, we still prevailed, Simmons noted.
We had a lot of good movement off the ball and continually
created opportunities, which is sometimes the hardest thing to do.
The only problem was finishing, wed hit the post or somehow
just miss. But even though we fell behind in the 66th minute, we
battled on and got the equalizer to force overtime, and then kept
the pressure on to get the win.
leader Victor Webb got his team-best sixth goal of the season on
an unassisted 15-yard strike at the 66-minute mark. Just 9:37 latter
or with 4:23 left in regulation Northern Illinois
Brendon Parrish (Rockford / Auburn) was taken down inside the penalty
box. Kevin Woerner (Elmhurst / York) converted the penalty kick
for a 1-1 draw. With an NIU barrage on the Mastadon goal that included
two caroms off the post and one ball cleared off the line by the
IPFW defense the hosts were whistled for a handball and Woerner
again converted a PK at 97:55.
came through both times and deserves a pat on the back, but I also
thought Eric OReilly (Geneva) was solid at left back. In many
ways he was the man of the match making good decisions and playing
with high energy, plus Paul Gabel (Dunoon, Scotland / Dunoon Acadey)
was solid in midfield. Hats off to Fort Wayne, it was their senior
night and they certainly showed us that no one in this league can
be overlooked, Simmons added.
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