Aug. 15, 2006
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Facing six-time defending Horizon League champion Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a team that featured two returning All-Americans, in the first night game at Engelmann Field, a young Northern Illinois team held their own despite falling short in a 2-0 decision Tuesday night.
The Huskies, who featured a starting lineup that had seven underclassmen, including four freshmen in their first collegiate outing, stayed with one of the top teams in the Midwest in their first exhibition outing of the 2006 campaign.
"We controlled play for the first 20 minutes of the match and I am happy and proud of our team's performance tonight," said assistant coach Paul Jobson. "The two goals we allowed came on youthful mistakes that are correctible. We got some great leadership from our veteran girls and our young kids really stepped up."
Both Panther goals were scored by senior Molly Duffy, who found the net at the 35:06 and 39:47 marks.
Thea Johnson and Danielle Anders each totaled 90 minutes of playing time for NIU and Megan Kolkay led the offensive attack with two shots. Goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock played the entire contest in net for the Huskies and recorded six saves on the night.
"More than the result itself, I am looking for our team to go out and get better each day as we prepare for the regular season and the MAC," added Jobson.
NIU returns to its exhibition schedule Thursday afternoon in DeKalb with a 4 p.m. start against the defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin Badgers.