Illinois Women's Soccer Falls Short 1-0 In Bluejay Classic Opener
Omaha, NE--- Northern Illinois Universitys womens soccer
team suffered its second defeat of the season Friday night.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Fridays
other contest with North Dakota State University. Sundays
kickoff is at Noon.