Huskies Set to Take on Panthers on Sunday in Home Opener

GO HUSKIES Taylor Conter and Margaret Rivera on defense
Taylor Conter and Margaret Rivera on defense

Aug 23, 2013

Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: DeKalb, Ill.

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DeKALB, Ill. - One week removed from an exciting preseason victory against Valparaiso, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team will take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers for the first regular season matchup this year.

ABOUT EASTERN ILLINOIS Eastern Illinois is led by a new coach this year, Jason Cherry. Cherry had served as an assistant coach for the 2012 season, and for the 2013 season, he was named as the interim head coach. He, along with new assistant coach Tony Castelon, will look to improve upon the disappointing 6-12-1 season last year.

The Last Meeting
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September 9, 2012
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NIU Strikes Early to Shutout Eastern Illinois, 1-0
Junior Cori Frankenberg scored Northern Illinois' golden goal in the fourth minute of play as the Huskies (3-3) defeated Eastern Illinois (2-5), 1-0. The Appleton, Wis. native notched her third game-winner of the season against the Panthers ...

DANGEROUS PANTHERS Forward Hannah Miller played in all 19 of EIU's games last season, starting seven. She came on strong during the second half of the 2012 season, posting five points (two goals, one assist) over the final 10 games, good for second on the team in points over that stretch. Goalkeeper Emily Hinton received most of her playing time toward the end of the season, helping to produce the only shutout for the Panther last year, a 1-0 victory against Murray State.

PREVIOUS MATCHES The Huskies have faced off against the Panthers five times in the past, holding a 3-1-1 record against the in-state squad. Last year, the two teams matched up toward the end of non-conference play, and the Huskies won a nail-biter (1-0) at Eastern Illinois.

ENCOURAGING PRESEASON The Huskies took on the Valparaiso Crusaders last weekend and emerged victorious by a score of 4-3. Nicole Gobbo led the pack with a goal and two assists, including the fourth goal of the game for the Huskies to put them ahead 4-2 at the time. Four different Huskies scored during the game, including Gobbo, Mackenzie Lewis, Cori Frankenberg, and Allie McBride.



FRANKENBERG'S FLARE FOR THE DRAMATIC Last season, each of Cori Frankenberg's goals called for excitement. She led the team in scoring with four goals and four assists, accumulating 12 points. NIU was 4-0 in games in which Frankenberg scored a goal, as all four of her goals were game-winners.

SECOND SEASON FROM ROSS Head Coach John Ross helped to create an impressive turnaround for the Huskies from 2011 to 2012. He took a squad that won just two games in 2011 and made such an influence that they went 8-9-2 in 2012, including a positive goal differential (+1). This was the first time since 2007 that the team had accomplished such a feat. With much of the team returning, Ross will look to improve even further this season.

NICE CARR Senior goalkeeper Amy Carr received second team All-Mid American Conference honors for her efforts in goal last season. She became the first All-MAC goalkeeper in the program's history. Carr played in 18 games, starting 16. She recorded six shutouts on the season and frustrated opposing teams with a 0.89 goals-against average. Her 15 career shutouts is second in NIU women's soccer history, coming behind only Lindsey Curnock (29).

ON THE HORIZON The Huskies have two games scheduled around Labor Day weekend. On Friday, August 30, they'll head to West Lafayette, Ind. to face Purdue University at 6 p.m. On Sunday, September 1, they'll return home to face Lewis University in an afternoon affair at 1 p.m.