Aug. 30, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday afternoon, as they came up short in a 1-0 loss to Southeast Misouri State. This weekend marked the beginning of the 2009 season for NIU who now holds a 1-1-0 record on the season.
The Redhawks' Hayley Abbott scored the lone goal of the game when she headed the ball into the Huskies' goal off a cornerkick from teammate Mabel Velarde. Tonight's goal was the second of the season for Abbott. Goalkeeper Kristen Starkey recorded 5 saves, preserving the win for the Redhawks.
Senior Micaela Damas led the Huskies with three shots in the match, as teammates Kelsey Passaglia, Annie Wyer, Kayra Thompson, and Sara McClard tallied one shot each for the Huskies. On defense, goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock recorded four saves for the Huskies, her seventh on the season.
"It was an extremely physical game," head coach Carrie Barker said. "SEMO is a very strong team, and we played them very tough and strong. It came down to who made a mistake in a set piece, and we ended up giving up a cornerkick that turned into a goal."
Despite the Huskies' effort, the Redhawks outshot NIU 11-7 on the game, and also recorded 7 cornerkicks to Northern Illinois' 3.
Today's game brings the all-time series between Northern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State to 1-1, overall. The Huskies will continue play on the road as they face Wisconsin Friday and Illinois State Sunday.