Oct. 8, 2010
DEKALB, Ill.- Freshman Courtney Ksiazek scored in the 60th minute to help the Northern Illinois women's soccer team to its fourth-straight unbeaten contest Friday night as the Huskies downed Akron, 1-0, at the Lee Jackson field in Akron, Ohio.
The Huskies improved their Mid-American Conference record to 3-1-1, when Ksiazek scored on a free kick to lift NIU over the Zips. After a foul by the Akron in the 60th minute, Ksiazek found the back of the net when she fired a free kick from midfield to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish.
Northern Illinois improved its record to 7-4-1, earning a 3-1-1 record in conference play. The victory marks the Huskies sixth shutout of the season and third shutout since the start of MAC action. Freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr was credited with the shutout, and now sits in a tie for fourth place in the NIU record books for most shutouts in season with six.
Recording their first MAC road win, head Northern Illinois women's soccer coach Carrie Barker is impressed with the Huskies' victory over Akron.
"The overall environment was great," said Barker. "It was an excellent result today; getting a shutout and three points on the road. Both teams battled and fought hard."
The Huskies opened firing in the first half when freshman Devin Bond launched a shot with just 25 second off of the clock, forcing Akron goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert to make her first of two saves in the game. The Huskies would go on to hold the Zips to just three shot attempts, with only one on goal in the half.
Scoreless at the half, Northern Illinois took the lead when Ksiazek's goal gave the Huskies a 1-0 advantage over the Zips in the 60th minute. The NIU defense held off a late offensive attack from the Zips, who fired eight shots in the second half after being held to just three attempts in the opening half. A strong Huskies backline kept Akron scoreless and helped lead NIU to their sixth shutout of the season.
Offensively, the Huskies recorded eight shot attempts, with three on goal. Junior Kelsey Passaglia led the Huskies with three shot attempts, one on goal. Tallying shot attempts for NIU Bond, Ksiazek and Caitlin Eucker fired a shot in the contest.
The Huskies concluded action with a 4-3 advantage in cornerkicks over the Zips. Carr was credited with four saves in the game, to earn the shutout.
NIU look to keep the momentum of its recent unbeaten streak alive on Sunday when the Huskies travel to Athens, Ohio to take on the Ohio Bobcats in a noon match-up.