Huskies Host In-State Rival Illinois State Friday

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Sept. 9, 2010

 

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DEKALB, Ill.- After three-consecutive road games, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team will return home to host Illinois State at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The match-up between the Huskies and Redbirds will be the second contest of a tripleheader in DeKalb, that features Northwestern vs. Cleveland State at 11:30 a.m. and the NIU men's soccer team vs. Oregon State at 5 p.m.

NIU (2-2-0) will look for its third win against a Missouri Valley Conference opponent this season. The Huskies, 2-0 against MVC opponents, recorded wins over both Creighton and Northern Iowa earlier this season.

In the Huskies' home opener against Creighton, Kelsey Passaglia hit a penalty kick in the 66th minute of play to lift NIU to a 1-0 victory over the Jays. NIU went on to earn a 3-2 victory over Panthers with goals from Passaglia, Kayra Thompson and Christen Schuler.

"It's nice to be back home," said Northern Illinois women's soccer head coach Carrie Barker. "We worked on several things from our previous match against Loyola and we will be ready to compete against ISU."

Illinois State enters the weekend with a 3-2-0 record. Most recently, the Redbirds upset Big 12 opponent Kansas, 2-1, last Sunday. This season, ISU is 1-2-0 against Mid-American Conference opponents falling to Akron (3-0) and Eastern Michigan (1-0), while earning a 2-1 win over Kent State.

This weekend marks the 12th meeting between the teams. The Redbirds holding a 7-3-1 series advantage over the Huskies. In DeKalb, the Huskies are 2-2-1 against the Redbirds.

Fans coming to the game must download, print and display the NIUHuskies.com Parking Pass to avoid a parking fee. The NIUHuskies.com Parking Pass will allow fans to park in the Convocation Center Lot C2, which is immediately west of the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex, free of charge.

Following tomorrow's contest, the Huskies will continue action at home when they host SIU Edwardsville on Friday, Sept.17, before hosting Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 19.