Oct. 26, 2006
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DeKALB, Ill. - For the first time since 1999, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team is advancing to the Mid-American Conference Tournament. NIU defeated Western Michigan 3-0 in muddy, rainy conditions and got the help it needed. The Huskies will enter the tournament as the seventh seed and will travel to second-seeded Ohio on Sunday.
"We had to give 100 percent effort for 90 minutes today and that is what we did," said assistant coach Paul Jobson. "This was a huge game for a number of reasons. It enables us to send senior Megan Kolkay out with an appearance in the MAC Tournament. And as a program this was a goal for us as we build and our girls have given everything they've got to get us to this point."
Karen Enockson (St. Charles, Ill./East) got the home team on the board at 15:07 with her eighth goal of the season on assists from Lisa Maier (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) and Micaela Damas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North). Enockson also tallied the game's next goal to put NIU up 2-0 on an assist from Thea Johnson (Homewood, Ill/Homewood-Flossmoor) at 64:27. The goal gave Enockson nine on the season, tying her for the fifth-highest season total in school history.
Maddie Lehman (St. Charles, Ill/North) completed the scoring with a goal from Enockson at 66:29.
Goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock posted her fifth shutout of the season, the third highest total in NIU history, to preserve the victory.
Goalie Lindsey Curnock now has the third highest season shutout total in Huskie history.
The match marked the final home game for four-year starter Megan Kolkay (Aurora, Ill/Waubonsie Valley) who was honored as the team's lone senior.
The Huskies will now face Ohio Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Athens. NIU triumphed 1-0 in the schools' meeting on Sept. 29, also in Athens.