3, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 1
UW --- Jenny Kundert (Marla Froelich assist), 12-yarder in center
after steal, 25:13 Gone, 1st Half.
UW --- Kara Kabellis (Bethany Heine assist), two-yard header off
corner kick, 42:52 Gone, 1st Half.
UW --- Jenny Kundert (Unassisted), eight-yarder from left of center,
69:28 Gone, 2nd Half.
NIU --- Jill Heikkila (Denise Papke assist), 20-yard chip over charging
goalkeeper, 79:59 Gone, 2nd Half.
WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM OVERCOMES ADVERSITY BUT CAN'T GET PAST WISCONSIN
IN 3-1 LOSS
IL---Uncertainty is often a given in early-season competition, but
the Northern Illinois University women's soccer team faced more
than its share of doubt entering Friday's (Sept. 5) home opener
versus the University of Wisconsin. And while the Huskies battled
through a series of setbacks which produced a patchwork line-up,
NIU could not slip past the Big Ten Conference power.
Kundert scored a pair of goals to lead Wisconsin past the shorthanded
Huskies, 3-1. UW improves to 2-1-0 on the season while Northern
Illinois remains winless in three matches this year despite its
best all-around effort of the 2003 campaign.
really proud of the way we played today, considering everything,"
Northern Illinois coach Frank Horvat said. Take nothing away from
Wisconsin, but we gave them a good game today and this was a game
we weren't supposed to win. Our team played its hearts out, and
we put together 90 minutes of good soccer for the first time this
put the visitors up 1-0 at the 25:13 mark by converting a Huskie
miscue in the back. Marla Froelich fed Kundert for a 12-yarder past
Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian). NIU nearly netted the tying
goal in the 38th minute as Jill Heikkila (Chicago / Oak Park Fenwick)
sent a 15-yard blast ringing off the crossbar, but the Huskies could
not sustain the momentum as Kara Kabellis headed home Bethany Heine's
corner kick with just 2:08 to play before intermission.
had a couple of good chances even before we hit the crossbar,"
Horvat lamented. "If we get that one goal, it's probably 1-1
outshot the Huskies 15-4 in the opening 45 minutes but eight of
those 15 attempts came from outside the penalty area. Dvorak---making
her first start of the season---logged five saves before halftime
and finished with a career-best 12 stops on the afternoon.
added her second goal of the afternoon at the 69:28 mark on an eight-yarder
from between two defenders on the left side. Heikkila averted the
shutout with 10:01 to play as Denise Papke (New Lenox / Lincoln-Way)
split a seam and found a streaking Heikkila on the right side. Heikkila
beat a charging Stefanie Szczechowski to the loose ball and chipped
it over the Badger goalkeeper into the empty net for her first goal
Illinois was without six starters in the match, with senior goalkeeper
Leigh Steigerwald (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) and
junior defender Jamie Figura (Wheaton / Warrenville South) nursing
injuries. Defenders Kerry Walker (Greenwood Village, CO / Cherry
Creek), Kelly Kelso (Middleton, WI) and Alexis Terry (Janesville,
WI / Craig) sidelined while senior defender Maggie Nowicki (Naperville
/ Central) was attending a family funeral.
lot of people did some good things today," Horvat said of his
reserves. "Carrie Dvorak did well and Anne Roman (DeKalb) and
Tiffany Anderson (Libertyville) did a great job in the back, playing
out of their normal roles. Some of our underclassmen stepped up
today and never quit. If we keep playing like that, goals and victories
will come. Some people earned some more game time this afternoon."
Huskies take a week off before hosting Creighton University in a
4 p.m. match next Friday (Sept. 12). Northern Illinois opens the
12-match Mid-American Conference schedule next Sunday (Sept. 14)
with a 1 p.m. date at the University at Buffalo.
--- Copy by Robert Hester