Aug. 17, 2006
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DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois took an early 2-0 lead in the first half on defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin in an exhibition game that resulted in a 2-2 tie. The Huskies used goals from Lisa Maier and Thea Johnson in their second exhibition contest of the season and first home contest of the year.
"I am happy with the way we played today, especially in the first half when we came out and played hard and with a lot of desire," said assistant coach Paul Jobson. "We got two great goals because we were able to capitalize on opportunities, something we haven't done in the past. We gave a lot of people playing time today and they stepped up. Anytime you face a Big Ten opponent, you are getting a competitor and a strong and tough team."
Maier, a freshman from Orland Park, found the back of the net first by striking an unassisted tally at the 10:56 mark of the first half. Three minutes later, Johnson, a sophomore from Homewood, scored an unassisted goal from 25 yards out on the left side to put the home team up 2-0.
The Badgers answered at the 50:50 mark of the game when Kara Kabellis scored on an assist by Natalie Horner from six yards away to the right of the goal. Kabellis added her second score of the game on a 30-yard straight out shot at 59:29 to knot the game at two.
NIU's Lindsey Curnock played the entire game in goal, making six stops. Wisconsin outshot the Huskies 11-8 in the game after NIU led the category 6-2 at the half.
"We are in a good place right now as we head into the regular season," added Jobson. "We've faced good competition and we know what to work on and have some success we can build on and fine tune."
NIU play their annual alumnae match Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Huskie Soccer Field and open the 2006 regular season on Friday, August 25 by hosting Eastern Washington.