Northern Illinois Women's Soccer Notches Initial Road Triumph With 1-0 Shutout of DePaul

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September 4, 2005

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Northern Illinois Women's Soccer Notches Initial Road Triumph With 1-0 Shutout of DePaul

Chicago, IL - Quality, not quantity was the key for the Northern Illinois University women's soccer team's initial road victory for 2005.
Despite being outshot 22-7 by DePaul University on Sunday (Sept. 4) afternoon, the Huskies had the only shot that really mattered - a game-winning goal off the foot of Karen Enockson (St. Charles / East) in the 69th minute. That one strike was enough for a 1-0 triumph that boosted NIU's season ledger to 2-1-1.

The Huskie victory was certainly due to an impressive defensive effort according to coach Marci Miller. Defenders Katie Sturges (Downers Grove / South), Alexis Terry (Janesville, WI / Craig), and Megan Kolkay (Elburn / St. Charles North), who clogged up the middle all afternoon as the Blue Demons attacked relentlessly. Northern Illinois goalie Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian) earned her first shutout of the season as she stopped all seven DU shots on goal.

NIU struggled early on with DePaul's physical style, but was able to keep the hosts from finding the back of the net. Late in the first half, the Huskies began to match that physical play and the breakthrough came with 35 minutes left before intermission when freshman Thea Johnson (Homewood / Homewood-Flossmoor) was able to push the ball forward. Johnson, Angeline Impelido (Glen Ellyn / Glenbard South), Brandy Tarnowsky (Rossville, MI / Bishop Foley), and Audra Gordon (Madison, WI / La Follette), all had solid scoring opportunities with shots on goal.

Although NIU was unable to convert any of those chances, Dvorak kept the Blue Demons at bay even though DU enjoyed a 10-5 edge in first-half shots. The second-half saw DePaul continue to pressure the Northern Illinois net. However, Impelido broke free from the Blue Demon defense and fed Enockson for her second goal of the season.

Miller's crew now heds to Omaha, NE, for the Creighton University-hosted BlueJay Classic which begins on Friday (Sept. 9) with NIU facing the hosts in a 7 p.m. contest. On Sunday (Sept. 11), the Huskies have a high-noon showdown with Drake University.


 

 

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