Illinois Women's Soccer Notches Initial Road Triumph With 1-0 Shutout
Chicago, IL - Quality, not quantity was the key for the Northern
Illinois University women's soccer team's initial road victory for
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
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.