Aug 29, 2013
Date: Friday, August 30, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
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Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: 1 p.m.
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DeKALB, Ill.- The Huskies have two matches this weekend. On Friday, they'll take on the Purdue Boilermakers in Indiana in their first road game of the season at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the Huskies are set to return home for a game against the Lewis Flyers at 1 p.m.
Purdue currently sits at 1-1 on the young season. The offense has certainly been working for the Boilermakers early on, as they scored eight goals through two games. Purdue is led by longtime coach Robert Klatte, who has been with the team for man than 15 years now. Klatte has been a very successful coach over his career, owning a .600 winning since the beginning of the millennium.
BOILERMAKER TO WATCH
None of Purdue's players are particularly shy about shooting. Even still, freshman forward Maddy Williams stands out as more aggressive than the rest of the pack. Williams has scored two goals so far this season on 10 shots attempted. Of those shots, seven have been on goal. She also has two assists on the season, leading her team in points with six.
Lewis prefers the fashionably late approach, as the Flyers have not begun their soccer season quite yet. Lewis put together its best season in over a decade last year, winning reaching double figures in wins with a record of 10-7-1. The last time Lewis had experienced similar success was way back in 1997, when the squad went 12-6.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Maggie Moran had an impressive season as a freshman last year. She was second on the team in goals with six. She would also often challenge the opposing goalkeeper, firing 23 shots on net out her total 41 shots. Goalkeeper Nie Arianna was a big part in keeping the opposition off the board last year. In her 15 starts, she recorded three shutouts and held opponents to a 1.17 goals-against average.
The Northern Illinois women's soccer has never played against Purdue during the program's history. In fact, the Huskies have never even played against a university that has name beginning with the letter 'P' before, so they'll hope to get off to a good start on Friday. The Huskies have also never faced the the Flyers. They'll look make a good first impression on Sunday.
STRONG SEASON OPENER
The Huskies took their first game against the Eastern Illinois Panthers last Sunday by a final score of 3-0. On the scoreboard, it looked like a tough defensive battle at the half. However, the Huskies were often on the attack, and eventually, they were able to get through that Panther defense and secure the victory. Three different Huskies scored in the game, including Nicole Gobbo, Frances Boukidis, and Jess Wooldridge.
FRANKENBERG'S FLARE FOR THE DRAMATIC
Last season, each of Cori Frankenberg'sgoals 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.
Amy Carr has been outstanding goalkeeper throughout her Huskie career. She let fans know last weekend that she's just as good as she ever has been, recording a shutout on opening day. Carr received second team All-Mid American Conference honors for her efforts in goal last season, becoming 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 16 career shutouts is second in NIU women's soccer history, coming behind only Lindsey Curnock(29).
NEXT TIME ON NIU WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies have been invited to the Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings, S.D. They'll face two schools over the weekend. South Dakota is up first, facing NIU on Friday at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Huskies will look toward South Dakota State for a 1 p.m. matchup.