March 22, 2007
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DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois announced its 2007 women's soccer schedule highlighted by preseason training and two exhibition matches in Florida, nine home matches, several new opponents, and the hosting of a tournament over Labor Day Weekend. The Huskies finished the 2006 campaign with an 8-11-2 mark that culminated in their first MAC Championship game appearance since 1998.
"One of the big highlights will be taking our team to Florida for a week of preseason training and exhibition matches against South Florida and Central Florida," said head coach Marci Miller Jobson. "We'll be in an ideal location for three-a-days and building camaraderie within our team before facing a two very good teams."
NIU opens the regular season by hosting the NIU Tournament on August 31 and September 2 at the Huskie Soccer Field, marking the first home tournament during Miller Jobson's tenure. The Huskies opener will be against IUPUI with a second match that weekend against Iowa. Navy rounds out the tournament field.
From there, NIU hosts non-conference matches against UW-Green Bay and Western Illinois before a two-game road swing to Loyola and DePaul. The Huskies wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule with a match against St. Francis from
"We are looking forward to hosting a tournament and another non-conference highlight will be facing Loyola, a NCAA qualifier from last season,," Miller Jobson said. "We tried to schedule some new teams that we did not face last season, which provides us an opportunity to see a diverse mix of soccer styles."
The Mid-American Conference schedule starts on Sept. 28 at Bowling Green and a match at defending league champion Toledo on Sept. 30.
NIU hosts Kent State on Oct. 5 and Buffalo on Oct. 7 before taking to the road for the next four contests. The Huskies return to the Huskie Soccer Field to close out the home schedule on Oct. 26 vs. Central Michigan and Oct. 28 against Eastern Michigan.
"The MAC will again be very even and competitive this season," Miller Jobson said. "It seems like we say that every season, but that is what makes the league exciting. Every match is a big challenge."