Oct. 7, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Junior center back Lauren Eberts aided to her own defensive cause this evening, scoring a goal off a corner kick and shutting down Buffalo, 1-0. The win at Buffalo is only the second in program history, with both wins occuring under Head Coach Carrie Barker.
"We really put our heart and soul into this game tonight," said Barker, "Shelbi had a great corner kick and Eberts found the net to score the only goal in a very, very physical match. That was likely the most-physical match we played all year and we came out on top. I could not be more proud of our girls right now."
After the opening stanza of play, both teams were deadlocked at 0-0 and equally took seven shots,
four on goal. Each team also took one corner kick in the half and the only difference was fouls, where the Bulls had a commanding lead over the Huskies, 5-2.
Junior Lauren Eberts broke the scoring silence in the 67th minute of the contest, whenjunior Shelbi Johnson connected with Eberts on a corner kick attempt. Eberts received the ball from Johnson and headed it to the Bulls keeper, who fumbled the shot and slipped it into the net and gave NIU the lead, 1-0.
Last Sunday against Ohio, Johnson connected with Kayra Thompson on a corner kick, fed the ball to Ashley Neubeck, who found Samantha Hill for the goal.
The win marks the Huskies second of the season and the third shutout of the year for Northern Illinois. Amy Carr finished with six saves in the contest to earn her second shutout of the year.
Northern Illinois improved to 2-8-2 this season and 1-4-0 in Mid-American Conference play, while Buffalo falls to 8-3-2 and 1-2-2 in MAC play. The Huskies will return to action Sunday at noon, taking on Kent State.