Sept. 15, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. -
Northern Illinois's women's soccer team took on the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Sunday. Both teams came to play, resulting in two overtime periods. By the end of the 110 game minutes, a winner could not be decided, so the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
"We gave a great effort out there today," said Head Coach John Ross. "Both teams played very hard. I would have liked to win, but with that effort, I'll take the result we got."
The game figured to be an exciting one from the start. During the 11th minute, NIU had a good scoring opportunity in front of WIU's net. The ball was juggled up into the air for a few seconds, but a Leatherneck defender was able to clear it out of the group of players and keep the game scoreless.
On the other end, the Leathernecks found themselves in a very similar situation just 10 minutes later. The ball was high in the air when Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England) went to go snatch it to give possession to NIU. However, the ball slipped through Carr's hands, giving WIU a window to score. That didn't happen though, as Huskie defenders were able to knock the ball out of bounds and end the scoring threat.
The game could not remain scoreless forever due these kinds of threats. During the 35th minute, WIU's Kristin Becker took a rebound off of Carr's hands and punched in an easy goal to give her team a 1-0 lead at the time. This lead stood for the remainder of the first half.
With so many scoring opportunities, NIU was bound to get one through sooner or later. In the 61st minute, the Huskies were finally able to make one count. Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) saw an opening from roughly 35 yards out from the goal. She rocketed the ball through the defense and past the opposing goaltender to tie the score at 1-1.
From that point on, both teams played a very physical game. The teams combined for nine fouls in the second half. They also combined for three yellow cards in the final 45 minutes of regulation play. Despite the physical play, neither team could get another score, and so they went into sudden-victory overtime.
Overtime play featured more scoring opportunities on both sides, but both defenses were able to come up big in those spots. Whether it was a goaltender making a nice save or a defender forcing an errant shot, neither team could break through for the winning shot. As such, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
With the draw, the Huskies now sit at 2-4-1 on the season. The Huskies out-shot the opposing Leathernecks 16-6. Of those 16 shots, nine were headed for the goal. Both teams were charged with two yellow cards during the game, including those given to Courtney Ksiazek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and Margaret Rivera (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Harry D. Jacobs).
NIU next plays on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. The Huskies will face Loyola Chicago in Chicago for their eighth match of the year. It will be the only game of the weekend for the team.