Oct. 13, 2006
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team faced a strong MAC opponent, battled the elements, and overcame playing the final third of the game shorthanded in a 2-0 victory over Central Michigan Friday afternoon.
"This was probably the best performance we have had in terms of character and heart since I have been at NIU," said head coach Marci Miller. "The weather conditions were cold and wet and I told the team it would take a lot of heart to win today. They came out and battled. It was a great win and a huge step for our team."
NIU, who won its third consecutive Friday match, improves to 3-4 in the MAC and 4-8-2 overall while Central Michigan dropped to 3-3-1, 10-3-1 overall.
Megan Kolkay got the Huskies on the scoreboard at 49:15 on an assist from Maddie Lehman for a 1-0 lead.
At 62:20, Michaela Damas received a red card, rendering NIU shorthanded for the remainder of the game. Despite being a player down, the Huskies scored their second game of the game 87:42 when Lisa Maier found the back of the net from Jenna Clausen.
Lindsey Curnock made nine saves for NIU to tally her fourth shutout of the season.
"Lindsey Curnock was awesome for us today," Miller said.
The Huskies face the Eagles in a Noon CT match Sunday in Ypsilanti, Mich.