Sept. 10, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team will mark the end of six-consecutive away games Friday, when the Huskies travel to Southern Illinois Edwardsville, for a 7 p.m. contest. Following Friday's match-up, the Huskies will host Loyola-Chicago in their first home game of the season at the Northern Illinois Soccer and Track & Field Complex, Sunday at 5 p.m.
In the first contest of the weekend, the Huskies will face-off against the Cougars for the first time in NIU women's soccer history. NIU enters Friday's game with a 1-3 record, while the Cougars hold a 0-2 record this season.
"It's our last away game in September, we're excited about that," head coach Carrie Barker said. "We've been playing well, and the results don't show how well we're playing at times. This week we have been training really hard, and we've been working really hard in finding ways to get results. Hopefully, we'll put everything together on Friday."
This season goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) has recorded 17 saves for the Huskies, pushing her career total to 226. Micaela Damas(Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) leads the Huskies with five shots this season, followed by Christen Schuler (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Lisa Maier (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) who each have four shots on the season.
The Huskies host Loyola Chicago in their home opener, Sunday. In the eighth meeting between the teams, the Huskies enter Sunday's contest with a 4-2-1 series advantage over the Ramblers. Loyola holds a 0-6 record this season, with a match-up against Iowa, Friday, before they take on the Huskies.
"It's going to be exciting to be at home since we've been on the road for six-straight games," said Barker. "We are looking forward to playing at home and it's going to be exciting for the girls to play in front of friends, family and in front of the community."