On the Right Track: Huskies Seek First Win Versus Wisconsin and Eastern Illinois

GO HUSKIES Junior Nici Newquist has made four appearances in the backline and midfield in 2011
Junior Nici Newquist has made four appearances in the backline and midfield in 2011

Sept. 7, 2011

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DEKALB, Ill. - After earning its first draw of the season Sunday afternoon against Northern Iowa, 1-1, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team (0-4-1) will have a quick turnaround hosting Wisconsin (4-1-0) Thursday Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. The Huskies will follow up with a match Tuesday Sept. 13, playing host to Eastern Illinois (0-4-1) at 4 p.m.

The Northern Illinois Huskies had a home and away weekend, traveling to Illinois State and hosting Northern Iowa. In the sweltering heat Friday afternoon in Normal, Ill., the Huskies fell to the Redbirds 5-0. The match was suspended twice in the 25th and 69th minutes to allow teams a water break as the heat index was over 100 degrees.  

NIU followed up with a cool, breezy matinee in DeKalb against the Panthers and quickly found themselves in a hole four minutes into the match by surrendering a goal. 25 seconds into the second half, sophomore Corrine Frankenberg scored the equalizing goal on setup pass by sophomore Frances Boukidis and freshman Allie McBride. Though the Huskies continued to bombard the UNI defense with well taken shots, the teams lone goals would stand and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Wisconsin is currently 4-1-0 this season, with its only loss at the hands of Notre Dame Aug. 19, a 2-0 decision in favor of the Fighting Irish. Since then, the Badgers have outscored its opponents 8-3, but did receive a scare from a young Green Bay team Aug. 28 and eked out a 1-0 victory. Last weekend, the Badgers opened with a 3-1 victory at Dayton and then defeated Cincinnati, 2-1, at the Bearcats facility.

Cara Walls leads the team in scoring this season with three goals and an assist (seven points) and closely is followed by Laurie Nosbusch with two goals and assists (six points). Nosbusch's most impressive stat is her 21 shots posted in UW's five matches this season, 12 of which have been on frame.

Though the Badgers have won their last four matches, they are susceptible on surrendering corner kicks, as they are currently edged by their opponents 29-27. Wisconsin has also allowed a high volume of shots, but is still ahead of its opponents, 63-62, though they trail in shots on goal 30-29.

The Panthers currently have an 0-4-1 record, but will play a gauntlet of matches before reaching DeKalb. EIU will host both Western Illinois and Valparaiso Sept. 9 and 11, respectively, before playing Northern Illinois on the 13th

Eastern Illinois opened its season with four-straight road matches and losses to Northern Iowa (1-0), Missouri (4-1) and Belmont (1-0). On Sept. 2 at IUPUI, the Panthers turned a new leaf and earned a 2-2 draw, after trailing 2-0 at the half. In its last contest, EIU built a two goal lead in the first 26 minutes of the match, but surrendered three second-half goals to fall 3-2.

Kristin Germann has been the Panthers scoring ace this season with four goals and an assist (nine points). She has been a sniper as she only has five shots on frame with a shots on goal percentage of .714 and is 1-for-1 on penalty kick attempts. Lauren Hoppensteadt has been the only other goal scorer for Eastern Illinois, adding one goal in 2011.

All-time Northern Illinois is 0-8-0 versus Wisconsin with the two teams meeting every season from 1996-2000. The Huskies took the 1997 contest went to overtime at 0-0 and in the first overtime period, the Badgers broke the shutout and triumphed, 1-0. NIU and UW never played under former Head Coach Marci Miller-Jobson (2005-07), but renewed the series when Carrie Barker, a Wisconsin alumna, took over the reigns of NIU. The Huskies fell to the Badgers 1-0 on Sept. 3, 2009.

Despite being in state, the Huskies and the Panthers have a limited history and have only played each other three times in their history. NIU owns a 2-1-0 series lead over EIU and last defeated the Panthers 1-0 in the 2008 season-opener. Eastern Illinois last took a match from the Red and Black Sept. 27, 1996, a 4-1 triumph in Charleston, Ill.

As an interesting side note, Head Coach Carrie Barker earned her first career-victory against Eastern Illinois Aug. 29, 2008, en route the Huskies 9-6-5 season.

That title has a nice ring to it. Agree? Sophomore Corrine Frankenberg's goal Sunday was the second-fastest goal to open a period in Northern Illinois women's soccer history. The fastest mark was set Sept. 9, 1994, when Steffanie Schiller (1994-95) scored the game-winner in the first 18 seconds of the second stanza against Valparaiso, a 4-2 victory for the Huskies.

Quick notes that warrant a bullet and a sentence or two.

- Sunday's tie against UNI was NIU's first tie of the season
- Northern Illinois only played two overtime matches last season, finishing 1-0-1
- Wisconsin is receiving votes (17) in this weeks NSCAA National Women's Soccer Poll
- The Badgers qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season and advanced to the second round after defeating Milwaukee 1-0.
- Freshman Alli McBride registered her first career assist in the fifth match of her Huskie career.

After the showdown with the Panthers, the Huskies will celebrate senior day Sunday Sept. 18 against Loyola Chicago. The match will begin 1 p.m., with festivities taking place before the kickoff.