Sept. 17, 2010
DEKALB, Ill.- Northern Illinois sophomore Shelbi Johnson's scored a goal in the 66th minute of play, propelling the Huskies (3-3-0) to a 1-0 victory over the previously undefeated Southern Illinois Edwardsville (5-1-1) on Friday afternoon at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
NIU opened scoring when sophomore Shelbi Johnson fired a shot past Cougars' goalkeeper Claire Lovercheck to find the back left of the net in the 66th minute of play. The play started off on an SIUE handball that set up a freekick for the Huskies that was taken by freshman Courtney Ksiazek. Ksiazek ripped the ball across the field and into the box to set up the goal for Johnson, who recorded her first collegiate goal.
Leading up to the goal, the Huskies applied steady offensive pressure at the start of the first half to give NIU a 5-1 advantage in shot attempts. Kayra Thompson and Kelsey Passaglia each fired shots on goal, and Courtney Ksiazek and Lauren Eberts registered shots attempts before Johnson was able to find the net and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish.
SIUE tried to bounce back from the NIU goal, but a strong Huskie defense would not let the Cougars score on any of their three shot attempts that followed the NIU goal. NIU concluded the half with a six to four advantage in shots, edging out the Cougars three to zero in shots on goal. The Huskies also earned two cornerkicks to their opponents zero in the half.
In an even-matched opening half, the Huskies registered five shot attempts to the Cougars' seven, while earning one cornerkick to their opponents zero. NIU freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr was credited with three saves in the half to bring her season and career total to 17.
With the win, Carr recorded her second shutout of the season. The Cougars' Lovercheck finished the game with four saves, allowing just one goal to pass bay.
Reflecting on the game, Barker was impressed with the result of the second-half goal.
"It was a hard-fought game," said NIU head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker. "I thought we played better in the second half against the wind. This was one of our best goals this season off a set-piece"
NIU will return to the field on Sunday when the Huskies take on Green Bay at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The Huskies will celebrate 2010 Senior Day prior to the 1 p.m. whistle.