Nov. 5, 2007
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois' men's soccer team will celebrate the careers of seven seniors Tuesday, as the Huskies host UW-Milwaukee for rights to the LeWang Cup at 2 p.m. on Huskie Soccer Field.
For seniors Steve Algozino, Fraser Gibson, Blake Gotkowski, Marcus McCarty, Chris Rufa, Brian Van Buren and Curt Zastrow, tomorrow's match is their last in DeKalb, and each will be honored prior to kick-off.
"These seniors have been responsible for a lot of the things that have taken this program to national prominence," head coach Steve Simmons said. "Tuesday's game is the last at home for these guys that have meant so much to this program."
The 2007 seniors will be trying for the 44th win of their tenure at Northern Illinois, a four-year total unmatched since Huskie teams from 1988-91 totaled 45 victories.
The Huskies will be facing the Panthers for rights to the LeWang Cup, a traveling trophy between the two school that NIU currently holds. The Huskies garnered rights to the cup with a 1-0 overtime win last October, the third time in a row the fight for the trophy has been decided by one goal.
"Both teams compete hard for the cup," Simmons said. "(Panther head coach Jon Coleman) is in his second year and is now starting to put things together the way he wants them, so we expect a battle."
After taking on the Panthers, the Huskies will ready for the opening round of the Mid-American Conference Men's Soccer Tournament. Northern Illinois, the fifth seed, travels to Bowling Green to face the Falcons Nov. 16.