Sept. 30, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team hosted Akron Friday afternoon in blustering wind, impacting the contest like a 12th-player on the field. While the Huskies nearly secured an early lead with the wind at its back, NIU fell to a Zips second half goal in the 63rd minute, 1-0.
"The wind was a factor in today's game for both teams," said Head Coach Carrie Barker after the match. "Wind aside, we played really well today and if we keep playing with this work-rate for the rest of the season, I will be happy."
Junior outside back Shelbi Johnson nearly broke the scoring seal in the 33rd minute of play, firing a shot that hit the top left corner of the post and crossbar. The rebound was cleared by the Akron defense to end the scoring threat. Johnson ended with three shots, two on goal.
Sophomore Corrine Frankenberg rifled three shots in the match, two of which were blocked by Zips defenders in the 18-yard box, while the other was on frame.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amy Carr made a phenomenal play in the early minutes of the second half, following a Huskie foul. As Akron made a quick restart just outside the 18-yard box, slipping the ball through the defense for a one-versus-one situation with Carr and Rachel Phillip. Carr kept her ground and eventually rushed Phillip with a sliding kick save to end the threat with 37:50 remaining in the match. Carr finished with six saves in the match.
The Zips struck in the 63rd on a lobbed shot by Phillip, after receiving a volley from Jordan Clark and a quick touch from Gillian Gross.
NIU falls to 1-8-2 this season, 0-3-0 in MAC play, while Akron is now 5-3-1 and 2-1-0 in the MAC. The Huskies return to action Sunday, hosting Ohio at 1 p.m. The Bobcats (5-6-0, 2-1-0 MAC) are coming off a 2-1 overtime win over Western Michigan earlier today.