Aug. 9, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer program will report for camp Friday morning, with practice beginning Saturday, August 10 at 7 a.m. The Saturday start date will give the Huskies six days until their first preseason contest versus Valparaiso, Friday, August 16 with kickoff slated for 5 p.m.
Head Coach John Ross and his staff, who helped orchestrate a six-match turnaround in 2012, led the Huskies to an 8-9-2 record and a Mid-American Conference Tournament berth in only their first year in charge of the program. Ross inherited a 2-15-2 squad from 2011.
Ross took the opportunity to address the media Wednesday afternoon at Barsema Alumni Visitor Center during NIU Media Day to talk briefly about the Huskies, including the returners, newcomers, the schedule and the overall state of the team.
The Huskies return 22 players, including nine starters from last season, All-MAC goalkeeper Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England). Carr finished the season with an 8-8-2 record with six shutouts to her credit and a 0.89 goals against average. Offensively, the Huskies return their top-scorer Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East), who closed the year with four goals and assists for a total of 12 points. Frankenberg's tallies were all game-winners, which ranked her as-high-as fourth in the country in the category during 2012.
The NIU players will begin fitness testing Friday evening at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
The Huskies will open their regular season Sunday, August 25 versus Eastern Illinois with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. Central. Northern Illinois will begin its always important Mid-American Conference season Friday, September 27th at Eastern Michigan and will open its home MAC slate the following week, Friday October 4, versus Akron.
You can watch Coach Ross' from Wednesday's press conference here on NIU Huskies All-Access or on YouTube below.