Date: Friday, September 7, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Evanston, Ill.
EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Charleston, Ill.
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N/A at Eastern Illinois
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Northwestern owns a 2-2-1 record, opening the season with successive 2-1 wins at Kansas and Miami (Ohio). Since then, the Wildcats are 0-2-1, drawing against Colorado Sunday afternoon, 2-2. The season opening win at the Jayhawks was NU's first and only overtime win of the season, scoring in the 95th minute Aug. 19.
WILDCAT TO WATCH...
Normally reserved for one player to watch, but this week Kate Allen and Georgia Waddle receive the honor as both have accumulated three goals and an assist in five starts. Waddle scored the Wildcats game-winning goal in overtime at Kansas in the opener.
ABOUT EASTERN ILLINOIS
Eastern Illinois is 1-4 in the early stages of its season, defeating Cleveland State Aug. 26 in overtime, 3-2. Leading up to its victory, the Panthers dropped a pair of matches in double overtime, 2-1, at Purdue and against Northern Iowa in the opening week of the season.
PANTHER TO WATCH...
Much like Northwestern, a duo are worthy of credit for EIU in Kristin Germann and Allie Lakie. Germann leads the Panthers in goals with three, while Lakie has two assists in her five appearances. Germann has EIU's lone game-winning goal this season.
THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS
The Huskies will meet Northwestern for the seventh time in program history Friday night and will take on Eastern Illinois for the fifth time Sunday afternoon. Series records and facts listed below.
Northern Illinois trails Northwestern in the all-time series, 2-4
Last win versus NU: Oct. 8, 1995, 2-1 (OT)
Last loss versus NU: Sept. 15, 2006, 3-1
Northern Illinois leads Eastern Illinois in the all-time series, 2-1-1
Last win versus EIU: Aug. 29, 2008, 1-0
Last tie versus EIU: Sept. 13, 2011, 0-0
Last loss versus EIU: Sept. 27, 1996, 4-1
LAST TIME OUT
NIU started with ISU Friday afternoon, one of the nation's top-scoring teams. Illinois State entered the contest averaging four goals per game and were held to only one against Northern Illinois to defeat the Huskies, 1-0. Redbird Rachel Tejada scored her eighth goal of the season in DeKalb for the win. The Huskies opened the throttle versus the Ramblers Sunday afternoon, scoring three goals (two in the first half) to claim its lone victory of the weekend. Cori Frankenberg and Shelbi Johnson each tallied a goal and an assist versus LU.
BEAT DOWN STOMP
With their 3-0 win over the Ramblers, the Huskies defeated an opponent by three-or-more goals for the first time since a 4-0 victory versus Oakland Sept. 18, 2009.
SCORING IN SURPLUS
For the first time since defeating Northern Iowa Aug. 29 2010, 3-2, the Huskies scored three-or-more goals in a match. Northern Illinois owns a record of 57-4-0 all-time (.934) when scoring three-or-more goals in match. NIU last suffered a loss scoring three-or-more goals at Bowling Green Oct. 12, 2003 (4-3).
WELCOME TO THE CLUB, ROUND 2
Last weekend in the 3-0 victory over Loyola, the Huskies debuted four freshman on the pitch. NIU has played all-eight of its freshman from its 2012 signing class. Listed below are the debuts.
Second weekend debuts (Loyola)
Ashley Auble, Nicole Gobbo, Mackenzie Lewis, Maggie Renfro
First weekend debuts (Drake-SIUE)
Emily Nulty, Anna Roman-Pleshcko *, Katrina Rozzell, Sara Spaulding, Kate Wirthlin
* Senior. Transferred to NIU in 2011.
A PERFECT 10
That expression can be used 1,000 different ways. On Aug. 19 when the Huskies defeated SIU-Edwardsville, 1-0, junior Amy Carr earned her 10th career shutout in net. She's now second all-time at NIU in that category, behind former MAC record holder, Lindsay Curnock (25). Carr now has 11 in her career.
A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT
In her first ever appearance for the Huskies Friday Aug. 17, senior Anna Roman-Pleschko scored to draw NIU even with Drake, 1-1, late in the contest. She became the first Northern Illinois women's soccer player to score in her debut since Jestina Orlando did against IUPUI Aug. 31, 2007. Roman-Pleschko transferred to NIU from Michigan Tech in 2011 and redshirted last season.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Jestina Orlando, like Anna Roman-Pleschko, was a transfer to Northern Illinois, originally playing at North Dakota State during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. First year Head Coach John spent nine seasons on the Bison sidelines (2003-11), recruiting Orlando to NDSU and coaching her in her first two seasons.
20-YEARS AND RUNNING STRONG
The Huskies began their 20th season Aug. 17 at Drake and own the honor of being the Mid-American Conference's oldest program. When NIU kicked off against Drake, it was the Huskies 365th contest. NIU has won two MAC Championships in their time and has reached the tournament championship three times since the conference began sponsoring women's soccer in 1997.
YOUNG FOLKS, TALKING `BOUT THE YOUNG STYLE
When the Huskies played their first soccer game September 5, 1993, 12 members of the team were not born yet. NIU kicked off its program with a 7-0 win over Valparaiso, coincidentally, where NIU played its first exhibition match of the 2012 season.
Northern Illinois will hope to rebound after a 2011 season that saw the team finish 2-15-2 overall and 1-9 in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies were selected to finish 11th in this season's MAC Coaches Poll with 14 points, three points behind Bowling Green. Toledo was selected as the preseason favorite. Despite the low prognostication, the Huskies will be looking to qualify for the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2010.
Though exhibitions can have close to no correlation to the regular season, Northern Illinois finished 1-0-1 in the preseason and did not surrender a goal in their 180 minutes of play. Between the sticks, sophomore Deanna Libricz played 135 minutes in goal and was cool as a cucumber versus IPFW as she made two saves and was very quick to step and clear any passes or threats by the attack.
The Huskies will return home for a single weekend match, hosting South Dakota Sunday, Sept. 16. The kickoff is set for noon.
The Last Meeting
August 17, 2009
Huskies Record 1-0 Exhibition win over Northwestern
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team took a break from preseason training Monday, and posted a 1-0 exhibition win over host Northwestern at Lakeside Field. Despite allowing 11 corner kicks, the Huskies were able to battle on offense to preserve a shut-out against the Wildcats.
The Last Meeting
September 13, 2011
Huskies Earn First Shutout of the Year Against Eastern Illinois
With a dominant shooting performance under its belt, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team made a valiant effort for its first win of the season against Eastern Illinois. Posting 24 shots and nine on frame in the 110 minutes of action, the Huskies finished in a 0-0 draw with the Panthers and picked up their first shutout of 2011.