Oct. 10, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio- The Northern Illinois women's soccer team battled back from an early deficit with goals from Megan Harry and Shannon Renner, however the Huskies' comeback fell short as NIU dropped a 3-2 decision to the Ohio Bobcats on Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field in Athens, Ohio.
Playing in unusually warm weather for October, NIU (7-5-1, 3-2-1 MAC) and Ohio (5-5-3, 2-2-2 MAC) battled back and forth despite the heat as the Huskies refused let the Bobcats walk away with an easy win. After an early goal from Ohio's Toye Famodu gave the Bobcats a 1-0 in the 7th minute of play, Northern Illinois answered back when Megan Harry found the back of the net to even the score at 1-1.
Harry scored her first goal of the season when she fired a cornerkick into the back of the net in the 20th minute. Following Harry's goal, Ohio rallied back to score two more goals to conclude the opening half with a 3-1 advantage.
Northern Illinois came out of the break strong, controlling possession throughout most of the second half. In the 61st minute the Huskies were able to cut the Bobcats' lead when Shannon Renner headed the ball past Ohio's goalkeeper to bring the score to 3-2.
The play started when Kelsey Passaglia found Renner in the box and Renner was able to hit a header past the hands of the Bobcats' keeper and into the back of the net. Despite the Huskies comeback in the second half of play, NIU was unable find the back of the net a third time to tie the game.
While NIU came up short, head Northern Illinois women's soccer coach Carrie Barker felt the Huskies came back strong to score two impressive goals in the contest.
"Our first half performance was poor," said Barker. "We played better in the second half. However, we had a tough time climbing out of the hole we dug ourselves in the first half."
The Huskie offense was well-balanced across the NIU squad, as six Huskies tallied shot attempts in the game, with three on goal. The Huskies recorded two cornerkicks in the game, while NIU goalkeeper Amy Carr posted six saves to bring her season total to 39.
NIU will resume MAC action next weekend when the Huskies travel to Michigan to face Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan on the road.