Northern Illinois Women's Soccer Falls Short 1-0 In Bluejay Classic Opener



September 9, 2005

Box Score

Northern Illinois Women's Soccer Falls Short 1-0 In Bluejay Classic Opener

Omaha, NE--- Northern Illinois University’s women’s soccer team suffered its second defeat of the season Friday night.

Although the Huskies battled hard all match long against a physical Creighton Univeristy team, the Bluejays pulled ahead of the Huskies 1-0 in the 70th minute of the contest and held on for the victory. Goalie Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN) played strong again in the net for NIU coming up with seven saves.

“Dvorak was steady in the back tonight,” said head coach Marci Miller. “She came up with some big saves and turned in a solid preformance against a talented group of forwards. Dvorak played well tonight, especially considering all the fans standing behind her that were shouting and heckling her.”

Dvorak’s strong play was complemented by another solid defensive effort from the Huskies who faced 17 shots from Creighton. The Huskies managed only nine shots, with three of those coming from Karen Enockson (St. Charles), who has been on fire as of late with two goals last weekend.

The Huskies put the equalizer in the back of the net with less than six minutes remaining in the game, however, the goal was called back on a close offsides penalty against Northern Illinois. NIU, which celebrated the goal, managed to gather its composure and remain competitve throughout the end.

“We struggled with thier forwards speed tonight,” Miller admitted “We had a hard time getting out of our zone. Every time we cleared the ball, the backfield would lob it back in and their forwards were so quick that they would beat us to the ball.”

The Huskies’ game against Creighton continues a season of battling top level competition, Miller thinks Northern Illinois will benifit from come Mid-American Conference regular season time.

“I’m glad we are playing tough teams. It will help us in the long run, “ Miller noted. “We are playing well against really good teams and managing to stay competitive. We are not surrendering a lot of goals and we always have a good chance to win. We are playing hard and we are playing to win, and that is all Paul and I ask of our players.”

NIU is back in action Sunday (September 11) in Omaha, NE, when the Huskies take on Drake University, which fell 1-0 in overtime in Friday’s other contest with North Dakota State University. Sunday’s kickoff is at Noon.