Sept. 13, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team outshot Loyola University Chicago Sunday afternoon, but the Huskies were unable to score on any of their nine attempts falling to the Ramblers, 2-0, at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
Loyola, who tied for first in the 2008 Horizon league, posted two goals early in the game, giving the Ramblers a quick advantage over the Huskies. Despite the early goals, the Huskies continued to battle Loyola throughout the game, outshooting the Ramblers nine to eight.
Loyola's Ani MIchl scored both goals of the evening for the Ramblers. Her first goal came in just the seventh minute of play when Michl hit the top right corner of the net from 25 yards out after receiving the ball from a throw in by Allie Roufus. Michl netted her second goal after receiving a pass from teammate Jessie Hubly in the 27th minute of play.
"We put ourselves in a hole early on," head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker said. "Playing against a good team like Loyola makes it hard to get out of that hole, and unfortunately that's what we did."
The Huskies seemed to struggle in the first half, being out shot 7-3 by the Ramblers. Despite a rough start, the Huskies gained momentum in the second half, controlling the ball for the remainder of the contest. NIU displayed a strong defense, holding the Rambler s to just one shot to the Huskies six.
"For us, we played two completely different halves," said Barker. "The first half we started well, but we let them get two quick goals. We struggled getting back into our rhythm, we didn't play well after they scored. We talked at halftime and told the girls to keep things simple and to play the game. In the second half, they came out and played much better."
Kelsey Passaglia (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) led the Huskies with three shots, followed by Lisa Maier (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and Cara Stutler (Wichita, Kan./Maize) recording two shots each in Sunday's contest. Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./ Batavia) recorded four saves in the game for the Huskies, bringing her season total to 25.
The Huskies will continue action at home as they face Oakland Friday in a 4 p.m. contest, and Liberty Sunday for a 1 p.m. match-up.