Women's Soccer Kicks Off Season at Iowa State



Aug. 18, 2011

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer program will kick off its 19th season Sunday Aug. 21 with a contest at Iowa State, beginning at noon at the ISU Soccer Complex. The Huskies hold a stellar reputation in season-opening contests, as they own an 11-5-2 mark all-time and have won eight of their last nine contests.

Sunday's match can be followed on Cylcones.com via Live Stats or a Live Blog provided by Iowa State. The link to both is at the top of the page.

Looking for some great game action at a low cost? Look no further than the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex this fall. All Northern Illinois men's and women's soccer matches are free to the general public throughout the 2011 season. Click the link at the top of the page to view the complete women's soccer schedule and plan your visit.

The NIU women's soccer team will host 12 home contests during the fall season, beginning Aug. 26 with a match versus South Dakota State. From Sept. 4 through Sept. 23, the Huskies will host five home matches. Included in that stretch of contests is Senior Day (Sept. 18) against Loyola and the Mid-American Conference opener versus Toledo (Sept. 23).

The Cyclones are coming off an 8-9-2 season in 2010, finishing 10th in the Big 12 with a 3-7-0 record. The team returns a number of players from last year's team, including sophomores Emily Goldstein and Brittany Morgan, who each scored 10-plus points last season. Goldstein registered six goals and five assists (17 points) and Morgan accounted for five goals and one assist (11 points) to finish first and second, respectively, on the team scoring stat sheet.

Iowa State is opening its season Friday with a showdown at Drake. The match between Northern Illinois and ISU will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

NIU Head Coach Carrie Barker will be entering her fourth season at the helm of the Huskies. In her three previous seasons, Barker has posted an overall record of 23-26-9 (.474) and a Mid-American Conference record of 11-16-6 (.424) and has led the program to the MAC Championship twice in the last three years.

The Huskies return their top-scorer from 2010 in senior Kelsey Passaglia, who registered four goals and three assists for a total of 11 points. In fact, Passaglia was the leading scorer in 2009 as well, contributing three goals and an assist. In her career she has recorded eight goals and four assists (20 points).

If the Cary, Ill., native records another season like she had in 2010, she'll land on Northern Illinois' career top-10 points list. Passaglia is a mere two goals shy of the No. 10 mark in career goals as well.

While she was not part of the famed Fab Four, sophomore goalkeeper Amy Carr may be on track to have another stellar season between the pipes - and be a star. In her freshman campaign, Carr logged just over 1,685 minutes in net and accumulated a goals against average of 1.28 and made 71 saves. She was twice named the MAC's Player of the Week, claiming honors Sept. 20 and Oct. 26. The Hemel Hempstead, England native also accrued a 9-9-1 record and seven shutouts in 2010.

Before enrolling at NIU, Carr was a member of England's 2008 FIFA U17 World Cup squad that reached the semifinal of the tournament in New Zealand.

The Huskies will host the NIU Tourney Aug. 26 and 28, featuring North Dakota, South Dakota State and MAC foe Western Michigan. It will be NIU's first-ever match against the Fighting Sioux and the first contest against the Jackrabbits since 2006. A complete tournament schedule is listed below. NIU matches in italics.

Aug. 26, 2011
1:30 p.m. - Western Michigan vs. North Dakota
4 p.m. - South Dakota State vs. Northern Illinois

Aug. 28, 2011
11 a.m. - South Dakota State vs. Western Michigan
1:30 p.m. - North Dakota vs. Northern Illinois

With the season's icebreaker out of the way, the Huskies will host the NIU Tourney and welcome North Dakota, South Dakota State and MAC foe Western Michigan Aug. 26 and 28.



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