Oct. 13, 2013
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -
Northern Illinois' women's soccer team was on the road this weekend for two games. After a scoreless draw on Friday, October 11 against Bowling Green, the Huskies took on the Central Michigan Chippewas on Sunday at noon. Central Michigan jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in this one, and NIU could not find a way to get on the scoreboard and mount a comeback. With the loss, the Huskies are now 4-8-2 on the season with a 2-3-1 record in the MAC. NIU continues its struggles on the road with a 0-7-1 record now in away games.
"We have to be more prepared for the challenge of playing on the road," said Head Coach John Ross. "It's a matter of matching the home team's intensity."
The Huskies had a rough start in this one. In the first minute of the game, they found themselves behind 1-0 when opposing forward Laura Gosse scored to give the Chippewas a quick lead. Gosse struck again in the sixth minute, giving CMU a 2-0 lead. The early scoring didn't stop there, as in the ninth minute, the Chippewas' Nicole Samuel scored to give her team a 3-0 lead.
Past that point however, NIU played much better defensively. The Huskies did not allow a goal for the remainder of the game, facing nine shots (four on goal) over the last 81 minutes of play. "We played better in the second half," said Ross. "It's a recurring thing with us."
On offense, the Huskies created some opportunities with their 11 shots and seven shots on goal, but they couldn't connect a shot with the back of the net to get on the board. Huskies were sharing opportunities well in the game, with seven different players attempt a shot.
NIU has just two road games left in the regular season, and they're both coming up next weekend. On Friday, October 18, the Huskies will travel to Miami (Ohio) for an afternoon affair at 3 p.m. On Sunday, October 20, NIU will head to Ball State for a game at noon.