SCORE: NORTHERN ILLINOIS 3, ALUMNAE 1
NIU --- Jill Heikkila (Tiffany Anderson assist), 5:04 Gone.
NIU --- Angeline Impelido (Unassisted), 31:16 Gone.
NIU --- Megan Kolkay (Unassisted), 42:30 Gone, 2nd Half.
Alum --- Anna Marinaccio (Allison Wade, Danielle Cournaya assists),
53:36 Gone, 2nd Half.
WOMEN EDGE ALUMNAE 3-1 IN ANNUAL SOCCERFEST SCRIMMAGE, PREPARE FOR
DeKALB, IL ---
Northern Illinois University women's soccer coach Frank Horvat got
scoring from some unlikely sources and an all-around defensive effort
as his team posted a 3-1 victory in the annual Alumnae SoccerFest
exhibition here Saturday (Aug. 23).
Jill Heikkila (Chicago / Oak Park Fenwick) put the "young pups"
on the board just 5:04 into the contest, pushing a shot under alumnae
goalkeeper Amber Howard for a 1-0 lead. Fellow senior Tiffany Anderson
(Libertyville) intercepted a clearing attempt and found Heikkila
in the middle of the penalty area for the initial strike which proved
to be the lone goal of the opening stanza as Howard logged four
of her eight saves and Danielle Cournaya rejected another shot attempt.
Heikkila went scoreless in 17 appearances last fall.
Angeline Impelido (Glen Ellyn / Glenbard West) made it 2-0 just
1:16 into the second half, beating Howard from close range after
the alumnae squad failed to clear the ball from in front of the
net. Impelido had just one assist in 11 matches while battling injuries
in 2002. Incoming freshman Megan Kolkay (Aurora / Waubonsie Valley)
stretched the cushion to 3-0 at the 42:30 mark, knocking a shot
into the corner of the net for an insurance tally.
from the Huskies' 1997 Mid-American Conference championship squad
found some of their long-lost magic 11 minutes later as Danielle
Cournaya's corner kick found Allison Wade in front of the net. Wade's
shot was blocked but Anna Marinaccio pounced on the rebound to cut
the deficit to 3-1. Wade was the MAC Player of the Year, logging
a league-record 19 goals that season as NIU captured the inaugural
MAC title. But the former Huskies could get no closer as the current-edition
defense tightened in the closing minutes. Varsity goalkeepers Leigh
Steigerwald (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) and Carrie
Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian) were called on for just one save in
did a good job today, and it's always good to have them out supporting
the program like this. I'm happy we were able to demonstrate our
progress like this," Horvat said. "I put pressure on the
(current) team to win, and I was happy with the way they dealt with
that pressure. Any time you win like this, it will give a team a
bit of a boost, but the first real test for this team comes Friday."
his 11th season at NIU with ten newcomers on his roster, although
all 11 starters are back from last year's squad with finished the
2002 campaign at 6-12-0 and narrowly missed qualifying for the Mid-American
Conference postseason tournament.
start the 2003 regular season Friday night (Aug. 29) with a 4:30
p.m. date at the U.S. Air Force Academy. NIU then moves across Colorado
Springs, CO, to meet Colorado College in a 12:30 p.m. matinee on
Sunday (Aug. 31).
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by Robert Hester