Aug. 31, 2007
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DeKALB, Ill. - A goal-scoring header from Jestina Orlando sent the Northern Illinois women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over IUPUI in both team's season-openers, Friday.
Orlando (Park Ridge, Ill./North Dakota State), a 5-foot-4 forward, gained her chance after a missed clear from the Jaguars sent the ball skyward. As the ball came back to Earth, the junior found space 15 yards from goal to head it past IUPUI's Jamie Farrell and into the net.
"We've been working on set pieces and second balls," NIU Associate Head Coach Paul Jobson said. "Jestina is really scrappy and not scared to go after balls in a jungle full of taller players."
The Huskies (1-0-0) controlled the action during most of the match, outshooting the Jaguars 16-4, and forcing Farrell to make four saves. NIU goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was forced to make only two saves on her way to a shutout victory.
"We did a good job controlling the match, especially in the first half," Jobson said. "In the second, IUPUI solved some things and put some pressure on us. They didn't make it easy."
Northern Illinois will play the second match of the NIU Invitational Sunday at 11:30 a.m. against Iowa.