Oct. 1, 2006
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AKRON, Ohio - Statistically, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team was the better Sunday afternoon, but on the scoreboard it was the Akron Zips who gained the victory. The Huskies ended up on the short end of a 1-0 score in the last of match of a four-game road swing to being MAC play.
"I really thought we were the better team today," said assistant coach Paul Jobson. "We played and hard and as well as we can play, but the result did not come for us and that is the way the MAC is. Akron converted their opportunities and we did not. It was a tough match and battle against a team fighting for their first league victory."
NIU outshot the Zips 16-6 and held a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. What proved to be the deciding play was an Akron goal by Christine Vacha from Adrienne Knox at 52:26.
The Huskie offense was led by Karen Enockson and Kelly Mullany, who recorded six and four shot attempts respectively.
"I though Maddie Lehman had a great weekend and dominated the midfield in air for us," Jobson said. "Karen Encockson and Kelly Mullany combined for 10 shots in the match and Lindsey Curnock played well in goal for us."
NIU, now 2-7-2 overall and 1-3 in the MAC, returns home on Friday to face Kent State in the Huskies' first match in DeKalb since Sept. 10.