Oct. 9, 2011
KENT, Ohio - Trailing 1-0 after the opening 45 minutes of play, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team scored two goals to assume the lead in the first five minutes of the second half over Kent State. The Golden Flashes would strike twice in the final four minutes of play to defeat NIU, 3-2.
"It was a beautiful day and fans got their money’s worth at the match today with all the goals scored. We played great towards the end of the first half and in the second half, but unfortunately for us we came up short," said Head Coach Carrie Barker.
Kent State's Megan Rapas broke the 0-0 draw in the 30th minute, heading a rebound off a high-arching shot to take the lead.
KSU poured on shots in the match, taking 27 shots to NIU's seven and though the Huskies did not have a high quantity of shots in the match, they did carry quality.
40 seconds into the second half, sophomore Frances Boukidis collected a throw in from junior Nici Newquist and passed to classmate Kayra Thompson who finished the ball six-yards from net to tie the match, 1-1.
Just three minutes later Boukidis struck again, sending a through ball to sophomore Samantha Hill. Hill collected the pass and fired a shot from inside the 18-yard box to put the Huskies in the lead, 2-1.
Northern Illinois continued to carry the lead for nearly 40 minutes after assuming the lead. After being awarded a goal kick, Kent State keeper Kelly Sherwood took a long goal kick that bounced to Vanessa Salerno, who flicked a ball to Stephanie Haugh and headed the ball into the back of the net to tie the match in the 87th minute.
Kent State sealed the match 42 seconds later after Rapas who launched a ball on a throw in to Salerno who closed the door on a Golden Flashes win, 3-2.
"It was a match of set pieces and they made the difference in scoring this afternoon. As long as we keep working hard, the way we have been, some breaks are going to go our way."
Sophomore goalkeeper made phenomenal saves in net and finished with nine off of Kent State's high-volume attack.
Northern Illinois is now 2-10-2 this season (1-5-0 MAC), while Kent State is 9-5-0 and 3-3-0 in Mid-American Conference play.