NIU women's soccer exacts revenge; knocks off Wisconsin-Green Bay in season opener

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FINAL SCORE: NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2, WISCONSIN GREEN BAY 1

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NIU WOMEN'S SOCCER EXACTS REVENGE, KNOCKS OFF UW-GREEN BAY IN SEASON OPENER
GREEN BAY, WI - Angeline Impelido (Glen Ellyn / Glenbard South) scored a goal and assisted on another as the Northern Illinois University women's soccer team knocked off the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 2-1 in the season opener for both squads. The win at Phoenix Field avenged a 3-2 defeat to UWGB in the 2003 season finale at Huskie Soccer Complex.

Impelido got things underway at the 24:53 mark, knocking in a 30 yarder to give the Huskies a 1-0 advantage. Less than eight minutes later she added the helper on Wisconsin native Audra Gordon's (Madison, WI / LaFollette) goal that gave the Huskies a two goal edge. The Huskies would take the 2-0 lead into halftime.

"The first half we came out and worked extremely hard, and we put them under pressure," Huskie sideline boss Frank Horvat said. "We controlled the game and played extremely well. We didn't give up anything dangerous, and when we did, Carrie (Dvorak) saved it or they shot it wide."

After their first half struggles, the Phoenix rose from the ashes and cut the NIU advantage in half just 4:40 into the second frame, when Dawn Detrie chipped in a shot from 15 yards. Stephanie Gross added the assist. While the Huskies had let a halftime lead slip away to UWGB in 2003, according to Horvat, that was not an option tonight.

"I was extremely confident that wouldn't happen again,' Horvat stated. "We worked so hard during the preseason and this team is stronger and tougher because of it. After working so hard, they all gutted it out and held on."

And hold on it was for the Huskies, as the Phoenix sprayed 15 shots, including seven on goal, at the Huskies in the final frame. In the end the Huskie defense, led by junior keeper Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marion) held its own to preserve the 2-1 win. Dvorak made seven saves on the night.

"It wasn't a beautiful win, but an ugly win counts just the same as a pretty one," Horvat added. "We didn't have as many subs as they did so they were a bit fresher than us in the second half, but Carrie came up with some huge saves throughout."

The Huskies will not have much time to savor the victory, however, as they return to action on Monday (August 30) with the home opener against Western Illinois University. The first-ever meeting between the squads gets underway at 5 p.m. at the Huskie Soccer Complex.