Huskies Top Western Michigan 1-0, Clinch Home MAC Tournament Game

GO HUSKIES Kelly Mullany's second goal of the season lifted the Huskies to a 1-0 victory at Western Michigan.
GO HUSKIES
Kelly Mullany's second goal of the season lifted the Huskies to a 1-0 victory at Western Michigan.
GO HUSKIES

Nov. 1, 2007

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Northern Illinois notched a 1-0 victory Thursday at Western Michigan to finish the regular season on a five-match unbeaten streak and clinch a home MAC Tournament match. A goal by Kelly Mullany (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) proved the difference as the Huskies improved to 9-5-4 overall and 6-3-2 in the MAC.

Mullany's goal, her second of the season, came at 11:28 of the first half on an assist by Karen Enockson (St. Charles, Ill./East). Goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) made three saves to preserve her seventh shutout of the season, tying her season mark from a year ago, and her 14th career whitewashing, already a school record.

"It was not a pretty game today, but we kept chipping away throughout the game," said head coach Marci Miller Jobson. "Karen got the ball in the box and passed back to Kelly who buried it for an awesome goal. You've got to give credit to Western Michigan because they battled all game and never gave up. Michelle Christian did a great job on defense for us today. She and Kelly both had outstanding games today."

Northern Illinois' achieved its highest win total (nine) best MAC finish (third) since the 1998 MAC Championship season.

NIU will host a MAC Tournament first round match Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The Huskies' home match will mark the first women's postseason game played at the Huskie Soccer Field since 1998, a 2-0 victory over Buffalo in the first round one of the MAC Tournament.

"It is a great thing when you can play your first round tournament game at home and not have to travel," Jobson added. "We are excited about playing at home, but we know the task in front of us is a difficult one. Our next opponent will be tough and we will have to focus on coming out and playing our best soccer on Sunday."