Sept. 27, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Northern Illinois started MAC play on Friday at Eastern Michigan. The Huakies took on the Eagles for the first conference game. NIU struggled in its first in-conference match, dropping the game by a final score of 4-1. With the loss, the Huskies are 2-6-1 overall on the season with a 0-1-0 record in the MAC.
The Eagles put the pressure on early in this one. In the 20th minute, EMU was able to get the first score of the game thanks to Bianca Rossi's fourth score of the season. Two minutes later, EMU's Angela Vultaggio added another for the Eagles with a header from 19 yards out, giving EMU a 2-0 lead at the time. As the clock was winding down in the first half, the Eagles were able to add a third score when Emily Dzik punched one through with just 15 seconds left in the half.
"We made some substitutions for the second half, and that really helped us out," said Head Coach John Ross. The Huskies cut the lead to 3-1 when Nicole Gobbo (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) scored her third goal of the season in the 53rd minute. Katrina Rozzell (Madison, Wis./Madison East) assisted her on the play. This would end up being the only score of the game for NIU however, and EMU would eventually score one more off of a penalty kick by Stephanie Clarke to give the Eagles the 4-1 win.
"We came out and played better in the second half," said Ross. "It's been a trend for us lately. We've been able come out stronger in the second half in our last couple games, giving us something to build on."
The teams ended up being close on total shots, with NIU firing 14 and EMU attempting 15. With her goal, Gobbo now leads the Huskies in goals scored with three. Rozzell was awarded first point of the year with her assist on Gobbo's goal.
The Huskies' next opponent also resides in Michigan. On Sunday, September 29, NIU will face the Western Michigan Broncos in a game at noon. NIU will look to even its conference record before heading back to DeKalb.