Aug. 24, 2011
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DEKALB, Ill. - Coming off a loss in its season-opening match at Iowa State, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team will be in the hunt for its first win of the season as host of the NIU Tourney Aug. 26 and 28. The Huskies welcome North Dakota, South Dakota State and Mid-American conference foe Western Michigan to the tournament.
FOLLOW FROM HOME
Friday's and Sunday's matches can be followed on NIUHuskies.com via GameTracker. Video stream of the matches will also be available on Huskie All-Access, subscription required. A link to both is at the top of the page.
FREE IS A GOOD PRICE
Looking for some great game sports 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.
LAST TIME OUT
NIU made the trip to Ames, Iowa for a showdown with Iowa State to open its season Aug. 21. Northern Illinois created many chances for itself in the match, taking a total of nine shots, four of which were on frame. Unfortunately, the shots did not find the back of the net and ISU was able to convert two first half goals and take the contest from the Huskies, 2-0.
Junior Shelbi Johnson led all players with five shots in the match, one on frame, and sophomore Corrine Frankenberg totaled two shots on goal in the match. Sophomore Amy Carr made a total of three saves in net. The Cyclones improved to 2-0-0 on the season while NIU fell to 0-1-0.
Listed below is the format for this weekend's tournament.
Tournament champion will be determined as follows:
- Winner of each match will receive three points. Loser earns no points.
- Each team will earn a point in a tie.
In the event of a tie in points, the tiebreakers, in this order, will be:
1. Head to Head
2. Goals Difference
3. Goals Against
4. Goals For
SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA
The Fighting Sioux will be 1-0-0 entering their Friday afternoon showdown with Western Michigan. In its season-opener, UND faced former North Central Conference and border rival South Dakota Aug. 19. Locked up at 2-2 late in the contest, the Sioux broke the deadlock in the 87th minute with a goal by senior forward Rachel Loomis to defeat the Coyotes, 3-2.
Loomis leads the team in scoring, as she has a goal and an assist for three points this season. Rhaya Ballon and Veronika Zischka each have a goal to their name for two points early in the 2011 season. A year ago, UND was knocked out of the Great West Conference Championship final, after falling in penalty kicks to Houston Baptist, 4-3.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
The Jackrabbits are coming off two losses in the opening weekend of play, with a 1-0 home loss to Creighton Aug. 19 and a 5-0 loss at No. 22 Minnesota last Sunday. Though they are scoreless as a team, SDSU will enter the match with an average of 10 shots and four on goal per match.
In their two previous matches, South Dakota State has worked its possession well in matches as it leads its opponents in corner kick attempts, 11-7. In net for the Jacks is Kat Donovan, who has accumulated nine saves between the posts this season. Suffering the same fate as the Fighting Sioux last season, the Jackrabbits fell in penalty kicks in last year's Summit League Championship semifinal to eventual NCAA qualifier North Dakota State, 4-3.
SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN
Mid-American Conference member Western Michigan is currently 0-1-0 this season, after suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to No. 12 Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. The Broncos managed to get three shots in the match and one on goal to test the Golden Eagle goalkeeper.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Reed, in her first career start, made five saves in the contest. The Huskies will not face the Broncos in the tournament, but will face them in the regular-season closer Oct. 27 in DeKalb. Western Michigan is coming off a 10-7-5 2010 season, where they also lost in the MAC quarterfinal, 3-1, to eventual champion Central Michigan.
NIU Head Coach Carrie Barker is now in her fourth season at the helm of the Huskies. In her three previous seasons, Barker 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.
YEAR FOUR, LET'S SCORE
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.
HUSKIES PLAY 12 HOME MATCHES IN 2011
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).
THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
The Northern Illinois Huskies women's soccer program has never played North Dakota on the soccer pitch and will meet for the first time Sunday at 1 p.m. NIU last played South Dakota State Aug. 27, 2006, a 3-2 loss to the Jackrabbits.
The Huskies will have a home and away weekend next Friday and Sunday, with a contest at Illinois State Sept. 2 starting at 4 p.m. and a home match with Northern Iowa Sept. 4, beginning at 1 p.m.