Aug. 28, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team kicked-off it's season with a win Friday, as the Huskies beat Valparaiso, 1-0. An own goal in the fourth minute of play allowed the Huskies to grab their first victory of the season.
The Huskies recorded the lone point of the evening just 3:59 into the game when Kelly Mullany struck a long ball into the box and a Crusader defender headed the ball away, knocking it into her own goal.
In the first half the Huskies put the Crusader defense to work as they outshot Valparaiso 9-5. Juniors Christen Schuler, Kylie Revelle, and Kim Schmitt each recorded a shot on goal. NIU also earned the majority of cornerkicks in the first half, recording four to Valparaiso's one.
"We had a good start," head coach Carrie Barker said. "We controlled the ball well in the first half and hadseveral opportunities to score. We were able to get a win on the road, we won our first game, and I am very happy with that. We still have a lot of things we need to work on as we head into our next game."
The Crusaders battled back in the second half, out shooting the Huskies 6-3, but the Huskies were able to hold Valparaiso to a scoreless game. Goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock recorded three saves for the Huskies, and earned her 26th-career shutout, the most by any Huskie goalkeeper.
Revelle, a former Valparaiso student-athlete, was proud to wear her Huskies colors today as she helped NIU to a victory.
"It is definitely a good feeling to come back to Valpo, where I started, but it is even better feeling to come back as a Huskie and win," said Revelle. "We dominated the first half. It is a great feeling to go in and win the game, and to win with authority."
The Huskies will continue play Sunday as they head to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to take on Southeast Missouri State at 2 p.m.