Oct. 18, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - Northern Illinois' women's soccer team played an away game at Miami (Ohio) against the 2012 MAC Champion Redhawks (7-6-2, 4-1-2 MAC) on Friday afternoon. The opposing Redhawks had been exceptionally tough on defense during MAC play coming into this affair, and this game proved no different. The Huskies were unable to record a score in the match, falling 2-0. With the loss, NIU is 4-9-1 overall with a 2-4-1 record in the MAC.
NIU's defense would be tested early and often in this one. Miami started the game off with a quick strike. In the fourth minute, Rachel Marble scored off of a corner kick to give the Redhawks an early edge at 1-0. The Redhawks would fire 10 shots in the half, but Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England) and the Huskie defense spoil all of them after the first goal. NIU finished the half with a one-goal deficit to Miami.
The second half was a repeat of the first in nearly every way. The Redhawks kept attacking the Huskie defense, but NIU was able to keep the deficit at one goal for the first twenty minutes. In the 65th minute however, the Redhawks gained some insurance in the game when Haley Walter delivered for Miami to bring the score to 2-0. The Redhawk offense would not let up for the rest of the game, leaving the Huskies very few opportunities to get on the scoreboard. As a result, the scored remained 2-0 until the end of the 90th minute.
Carr had a season-high nine saves in net. Despite facing 22 shots overall (12 on goal), the senior goaltender was able to keep her team in the game. The nine saves ties a career-high for Carr, who last recorded nine saves on October 9, 2011 against Kent State (L, 3-2). "Amy played the best I have ever seen her play," said Head Coach John Ross. "She continues to improve. It gives us the confidence we need to be competitive."
The Huskies have just one road game remaining in the regular season. On Sunday, October 20, they'll head to Ball State for a game at noon against the Cardinals, who are currently in third place in the MAC.