Aug. 20, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. -
Northern Illinois women's soccer junior Kelsey Passaglia helped lead the Huskies to victory over Western Illinois, Friday, when she netted the game-winning goal in the 66th minute of play to give the Huskies a 2-1 win. Nearly every member of the NIU team saw action in the contest as the Huskies dominated Western Illinois in their final exhibition match of the season at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
Head Northern Illinois women's soccer coach Carrie Barker was pleased with how her entire team performed today.
"It was a great game for us," Barker said. "We worked hard as a team and we got the results we wanted. We were able to play a lot of the team, and were had the chance to be able to see some new faces on the field, and I think we saw some great things from our team today."
NIU took an early lead when senior Kylie Revelle hit a header into the back right of the net in the 27th minute of play to score for the Huskies. Revelle was able to find the goal off a cornerkick from Megan Harry, who shot the ball into the box and set up the goal for Revelle. The senior's goal was the Huskies first of the season, and Revelle's first in her career.
The Huskies held their opponents to a scoreless game until the 39th minute of play, when WIU's Hannah Van Eendenburg snuck the ball past the Huskie defense to tie the game at 1-1. The game remained tied until the 66th minute of play, when Passaglia scored on the Leathernecks from 25 yards out. Passaglia received the ball from Revelle, and hit the back of the net to give the Huskies a 2-1 advantage that they would not relinquish. Passaglia's goal was her first of the season.
Outpacing their competition throughout the game, the Huskies dominated play in nearly every statistical category. The Huskies outshot the Leathernecks 15-6, while holding a 5-3 margin in shots on goal and a 6-5 edge in cornerkicks.
The Huskies outplayed the Western Illinois through the first half of play, outshooting the Leathernecks seven to four with three shots on goal to WIU's two. In addition to Revelle's goal, NIU sophomores Lauren Eberts
and Nici Newquist
each concluded the half with a shot on goal.
In the second half of play, Western Illinois was able to keep up with the Huskies on the field before the game was delayed due to weather. Returning from the delay the Huskies came out firing, outshooting the Leathernecks eight to two, while earning two shots on goal and three cornerkicks.
"We came out strong after the delay," Barker said. "We did not allow the storm to be a distraction, and we were able to come out and dominate on the field."
The Huskies Christen Schuler, Passaglia, Nici Newquist, and Megan Harry each earned two shots in the contest, while Samantha Hill, Devin Bond, Revelle, Shelbi Johnson, Lauren Eberts, Annie Wyer and Cori Frankenberg added shots for the Huskies.
Amy Carr and Meaghan Bennett split time in goal, recording one save each.
NIU will look to carry momentum from today's victory into their regular season, which will open on Monday, Aug. 23, when the Huskies host Creighton at the NIU Soccer and Track and Field complex in a 5 p. m. contest.