Sept. 24, 2010
DEKALB, Ill.- The Northern Illinois women's soccer team opened Mid-American Conference play on Friday afternoon, when the Huskies battled Toledo on the road at the Scott Park Soccer Complex in Toledo, Ohio. The Huskies' (4-4-0) two-game winning streak was snapped in the MAC opener after Rockets (5-2-0) claimed a 4-0 win over NIU.
The Huskies opened play strong, battling the Rockets to a scoreless first half. NIU junior Kelsey Passaglia led the Huskies in the half, firing a shot on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr registered two saves in the half to keep the score at 0-0.
"We played well against the wind in the first half," said NIU women's soccer head coach Carrie Barker. "In the second half Toledo came out stronger. We gave up a couple of early goals and ran out of gas."
Entering the second half, the Rockets opened scoring in the 46th minute after Rachel MacLeod crossed the ball into the box and Toledo scored on an own goal. MacLeod would go on to be credited with her second goal of the night in the 53rd minute to put the Rockets ahead 2-0.Toledo's Emily Tustin and Anndrea O'Leary would each put points on the board for the Rockets to give UT the 4-0 win.
Northern Illinois freshman Courtney Ksiazek and Samantha Hill tried to even the score for the Huskies as each recorded a shot attempt in the contest. Carr and junior Meaghan Bennett split time in goal in the second half. Carr recorded one save, before Bennett closed the game earning two saves in the final minutes.
The Huskies will look to bounce back this Sunday, when NIU hosts Ball State in a 1 p.m. contest at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The Huskies game against the Cardinal will be the first in a three-game homestand for NIU.