NIU women edge alumnae 3-1 in annual SoccerFest scrimmage




Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  


NIU Alumnae 0 - 1 - - - 1
Northern Illinois 1 - 2 - - - 3


Scoring Summary:
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.

Statistical Summary:

Statistic Alum NIU
Overall Shots 11 24
Shots on Goal 2 12
Corner Kicks 5 2
Offsides 1 4
Fouls 4 6



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).

Senior forward 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.

Huskie sophomore 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.

Three teammates 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 net.

"The alumnae 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."

Horvat enters 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.

The Huskies 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).

-30- --- Copy by Robert Hester



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