NIU Women's Soccer Releases 2013 Schedule

GO HUSKIES 2012 leading scorer Cori Frankenberg returns to this year's squad.
2012 leading scorer Cori Frankenberg returns to this year's squad.

July 1, 2013

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DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team released its 2013 schedule Monday, a slate that features 19 regular season matches, a trip to Purdue and one exhibition. The Huskies, who finished 8-9-2 to qualify for the Mid-American Conference Tournament under then first-year Head Coach John Ross, will play a total of eight contests at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex, including its first ever night match on said site.

"We are very excited about our 2013 schedule. The players and coaches have been working hard in preparation for the 2013 season," said Ross. "Each competition will challenge us to be at our best that day. We'll also be having night games at home this year, which will bring added excitement to the program. We look forward to the challenges of the schedule and how we'll grow as a team in that process."

With the team beginning fall camp August 9, the Huskies will play their only preseason game of the year seven days later as it hosts Valparaiso with a time to be determined.

NIU will open its 2013 campaign at home for the first time since 2010 when it hosts Eastern Illinois Sunday August 25 with a scheduled kickoff of 1 p.m. Northern Illinois is 7-1-2 all-time in its season-openers in DeKalb. The Huskies will follow up August 30th with their first road match of the year when they head to Purdue in a 7 p.m. showdown.

The Huskies will then hit the road for their next three matches, including the Jackrabbit Invitational at South Dakota State September 6 and 8. NIU will take on South Dakota and SDSU at the tournament and will follow up with another road contest at UW-Green Bay September 13, starting at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, September 15, NIU will play its first-ever night game at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex, when it hosts Western Illinois at 7 p.m. It will be the Huskies' and Leathernecks' first clash since 2008 and is one-of-three night matches for the program, with the other two occurring in MAC play versus Akron (October 4) and against Kent State (October 25).

Northern Illinois will open its 11-match Mid-American Conference slate September 27 at Eastern Michigan and follow that up September 29 at Western Michigan. Opening the month of October, the Huskies will host their first home MAC contests when they take on the Zips and Buffalo, October 4 and 6, at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

In back-to-back road games, the Huskies will face a pair of 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifiers in Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio) October 13 and 18, respectively. Last season was the first time in Mid-American Conference history that two teams qualified for the tournament field of 64.

NIU will close the regular season Thursday October 31 versus Toledo with a 2 p.m. kickoff scheduled. The MAC Tournament Quarterfinals would begin the following Sunday November 3 with the top-four seeds hosting the last-four tournament qualifiers.

The conclusion of the Mid-American Conference Tournament is scheduled for November 8-10, hosted by the conference's regular season champion.

After finishing the 2011 campaign with a 2-15-2 record, the Huskies improved to 8-9-2 overall under Ross in 2012. Northern Illinois scored 20 goals while allowing 19, marking the first time since 2007 that the team recorded a positive goal differential. NIU finished 4-5-2 in the MAC to finish the seventh in the final league standings to qualify for the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Of its 19 returning players, nine of those players started in 10-or-more matches last season, including top-returning scorer Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./East) and net minder Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England), who earned All-MAC honors. Carr became the first goalkeeper in NIU history to earn such an honor, after finishing the year 8-8-2 with six shutouts and a 0.89 goals against average.

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