Sept. 12, 2008
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DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois played its second consecutive scoreless double overtime match in a Friday afternoon draw against Valparaiso at the Soccer/Track Complex. The tie means that the Huskies are now 3-0-2 and own their longest unbeaten to start a season since 2004.
"It was a good, hard fought game," said head coach Carrie Barker. "We started slow in the first half but came out differently in the second and played much better through the overtime periods. We were short a player at the end of the second half and through the overtimes, but I thought we dealt well with that situation, especially since we had not been in that position this season."
NIU outshot Valpo (4-1-1) 13-7, led by a team-best four shots by Lisa Maier (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg). Each team registered four shots on goal in the match.
Red cards were issued to Valparaiso's Sarah Jewell and NIU's Micaela Damas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) in the game's 85th minute, forcing each side to play one player short for the remainder of the contest.
Both the Huskies and Crusaders each recorded three shots in overtime and NIU goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) made three stops in extra time to preserve her fourth shutout of the season and the 20th of her career.
NIU returns to action Sunday afternoon with a road match at Western Illinois in Macomb.