Aug. 29, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa -
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team claimed its second win of the 2010 season, Sunday, when a trio of Huskie goals pushed NIU to a 3-2 victory of Northern Iowa at the inaugural Iowa Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa.
Northern Illinois dominated play when the Huskies outshot their opponents 21-9, with seven shots on goal to their six, while earning four cornerkicks to the Panthers one.
Sophomore Kayra Thompson opened scoring for the Huskies when she found the back of the net in the 39th minute of play. Senior Megan Harry crossed the ball to Devin Bond who set the up the goal for Thompson. Thompson's goal tied the game at 1-1, after Northern Iowa's Morgan Olsen scored in the 10th minute.
Kelsey Passaglia scored the Huskies second goal of the game for the Huskies, in the 63rd minute. Bond was credited with her second assist of the afternoon when she crossed the ball to Passaglia, who scored her second goal of the season.
The junior forward, who led NIU in goals, shots, and shots on goal during the 2009 season, finished the contest with eight shots and three shots on goal. Passaglia's goal tied the game at 2-2, after UNI's Chelsi Hochstedler opened scoring in the second half when she hit the Panther's second and final goal.
The Huskies were tied with the Panthers 2-2 until the 76th minute when Christen Schuler notched the game-winning goal with a header into the top right corner. Harry assisted Schuler in the goal, and now leads the team in assists this season.
The Huskies came out firing in the first half of play outshooting the Panthers 10 to four before recording 11 shot attempts in the second half. Following Passaglia's lead, Corinne Frankenberg fired six shots with one shot on goal and Christen Schuler hit three shots and two shots on goal in the contest. Lauren Eberts, Mo Smunt,
Thompson and Bond each tallied a shot for the Huskies.
Freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr started in goal for the HUskies, recording four saves in the contest and bringing her season total to 11 in three contests.
"We didn't have our best start, however, we battled hard and scored three very good goals," said NIU women's soccer head coach Carrie Barker.
The Huskies will return to action next Sunday, Sept. 3, when they head to Chicago to take on the Loyola Ramblers in a 2 p.m. contest. NIU will return to Dekalb, Ill. on Sept. 10 when the Huskies host Illinois State at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.