Oct. 18, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team outshot Eastern Michigan in the Huskies final home game of the season Sunday, but fell short to the Eagles after giving up a penalty kick in the final minute of play to record a 2-1 loss at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
The Huskies outshot Eastern Michigan 13-8 in Sunday's contest, while also recording six shots on goal and five cornerkicks against their Mid-American Conference competition.
"We played extremely well in today's game," said head coach Carrie Barker. "Unfortunately we just didn't come out with the results we wanted."
In the first half of play, the Huskies outshot EMU 5-4, while recording four saves to keep the game scoreless for the first half of play. Eastern Michigan opened up scoring in the second half of play, when Stephanie Janssens hit a cornerkick into the box to set Katie Lozar up for the goal at the 49:51 mark.
The Huskies quickly answered back in the 51st minute of play, when Kelsey Passaglia (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) hit the back left corner of the net off a cornerkick from Mo Smunt (St. Charles, IL/East). Passaglia was able to sneak the ball past EMU's goalkeeper, Monique Budani, to tie the game. The goal was Passaglia's second of the season.
Eastern Michigan broke the 1-1 tie with just 30 seconds left in play, when a foul in the box set Ashley Rodriques up with a penalty kick. Rodrigues snuck the ball past goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, IL/Batavia) to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage over the Huskies.
Curnock posted four saves in the game to bring her career total to 276. Passaglia led the Huskies with four shots and two shots on goal in the contest. Lisa Maier (Orland Park, IL/Sandburg), Kim Schmitt (Homewood, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) and Megan Harry (Alpharetta, GA/Milton) also recorded shots on goal in the contest.
The Huskies will wrap-up their schedule on the road as they travel to Ball State (Oct. 23), Miami (Ohio) (Oct. 25), and Western Michigan (Oct. 29) to finish the season.