Sept. 29, 2013
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - In Northern Illinois' second MAC game this season, the Huskies took on the Broncos from Western Michigan in road a match. It was a high-scoring affair on Sunday afternoon, and WMU was able to best NIU in
a 4-2 final. The Huskies made a push in the second half, cutting the lead to 3-2 with just over five minutes left in the game, but they were unable to find the equalizer and force overtime, falling to 2-7-1 on the season and 0-2-0 in the MAC.
"We have some things to work on in practice," said Head Coach John Ross. "The small mistakes are hurting us right now.
The game was more of a defensive battle in the first half. Neither team scored during the first 43 minutes despite the 10 shots taken between the two. The eleventh shot was different, though. Diana Dedvukaj of WMU took a free kick in the 44th minute and hit the back of the net to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
In the second half, both defenses yielded more scores. It began with Kylie Nylen on the Broncos, who scored in the 51st minute on a header off of a corner kick to give WMU a 2-0 lead. Almost 10 minutes later, Allie McBride (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) scored her first goal of the season to cut the deficit in half. She was assisted by Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) on the play.
With the score 2-1 in favor of WMU, Bronco Rachel Chaney delivered an insurance goal in the 66th minute to extend the WMU back to two. The Huskies fought back when Nicole Gobbo (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 85th minute to cut the deficit back to one. She, too, was assisted by Frankenberg. This would be it for NIU though, and WMU would add a goal in the 90th minute to take the 4-2 win.
"We've been playing well in the second half," said Ross. "That at least gives us something positive to look at from the game. We have something to build on heading into next weekend's games."
The Huskies will return home for two matches next weekend. This will be the first time all season that NIU will host two games on the same weekend. "It will be nice to play on our home field," said Ross. "It almost seems like we haven't played there all season." NIU has only played three home games out of 10 total games this season. On Friday, October 4, the Huskies will face Akron at 4 p.m. On Sunday, October 6, they'll take on Buffalo at 1 p.m.