Sept. 13, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. -
Northern Illinois' women's soccer team traveled to Green Bay on Friday to take on the Green Bay Phoenix, who came into the match with a 2-2-3 record on the season. The first whistle blew at 4 p.m. to start the game, and after 90 minutes of play, the Huskies found themselves behind 1-0, losing the match. NIU had not been shut out in a game prior to this game. With the loss, NIU fell to 2-4-0, having lost its third straight game.
The Huskies and Phoenix played a very close game throughout. It was a tie ballgame for most of the first half until Green Bay's Justy Linton scored on a header, assisted by teammates Katie Schulz and Schandra Eigenberger. NIU could only muster one shot during the first half, and it did not find the back of the net. This left Green Bay ahead 1-0.
The second half was another defensive struggle. NIU was able to create a few more offensive opportunities, firing three shots in the half, but none them were able to even the score. While the Huskies did not allow a goal in the second half, their efforts were not enough to force an overtime period or come away with the win.
"We're getting back to work tomorrow," said Head Coach John Ross. "We need to do a better job with getting to dead balls. Those have really been hurting us."
Not all was grim for NIU, however. The defensive play was stellar throughout, allowing just the one goal on 11 shots faced from Green Bay players. The Huskies were also able to keep themselves out of risky situations in the second half, as they did not yield a single corner kick to Green bay over the final 45 minutes of play. "We sorted a couple things out this week, and it really showed," said Ross. The defensive unit in this one was anchored by Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England), Lauren Noonan (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), and Courtney Ksiazek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), who each played at least 80 minutes for the team on the defensive side.
The Huskies will return to DeKalb for an evening match against the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Sunday, September 15. Set to begin at 5 p.m. the match will be held at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex following the conclusion of the NIU Adidas Invitational men's soccer tournament. "It will be nice to finally return home," said Ross. "We haven't played in front of the home crowd in weeks."