Sept. 12, 2013
Green Bay Phoenix
Date: Friday, September 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Green Bay, Wis.
Live Stats: GreenBayPhoenix.com
Western Illinois Leathernecks
Date: Sunday, September 15
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
ABOUT GREEN BAY
The Phoenix (2-2-3) comes into the match against the Huskies after struggling in their last few matches. Over the last week, the team has gone 0-1-2, playing over 300 minutes of soccer in the short span. The last win for the Phoenix came on September 1 when they shut out Eastern Illinois, 2-0.
PHOENIX PLAYER TO WATCH
Hekla Palmadottir is the leading scorer for Green Bay, producing seven points on the season with two goals and three assists. The Iceland native is leading her team in goals scored and is in a tie for the lead in assists with teammate Heidi Hartmann.
ABOUT WESTERN ILLINOIS
The Leathernecks (4-2-0) are on a bit of a hot streak as of late. The team has won three straight games as of September 12. In those games, they have outscored opponents 6-1, and they have not allowed a goal since their game against Northern Iowa on September 1. The coaching staff is led by Ted Flogaites. His coaching career began at the turn of the millennium, and he has not coached a losing team since 2004.
LEATHERNECK TO WATCH
Tyra Markey has been a dangerous player off the bench for the Leathernecks. Despite having zero starts to her credit this season, she leads the team in points with five, built on an assist and two goals (also the most on the team).
NIU holds an 8-6-2 record against the Green Bay Phoenix during the history of the program. The Huskies last took on the Phoenix in 2010, winning a 1-0 nailbiter in DeKalb. Against Western Illinois, NIU has gone 1-1-2 in the past. Their last affair ended in a 1-1 tie.
LAST TIME ON HUSKIES WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies headed to Brookings, S.D. last weekend for the Jackrabbit invitational. Both games ended with a loss, and the Huskies could only muster one goal in each game. Nicole Gobbo became the leading scorer on the Huskies with her second goal of the season in the game against South Dakota on Friday. NIU had three players honored as members of the All-Tournament Team, including Sara Spaulding, Emily Nulty, and Lauren Noonan.
FRANKENBERG'S FLARE FOR THE DRAMATIC
With last week's goal in sudden victory overtime, Cori Frankenberg's last five goals have all been game winners dating back to last season. The senior forward has one goal on the season on three shots attempted, translating to two points in the early going.
SHARING THE SUGAR
The Huskies have scored eight goals through five games this season. Seven different players have scored for NIU, including Frankenberg, Nicole Gobbo, Jess Wooldridge, Lauren Noonan, Sara Spaulding, Alex Elias, and Frances Boukidis. Not only are the scores spread around, the opportunities are as well. 16 different Huskies have attempted shot so far this season. SECOND SEASON FROM ROSS
Head Coach John Ross helped to create an impressive turnaround for the Huskies from 2011 to 2012. He took a squad that won just two games in 2011 and made such an influence that they went 8-9-2 in 2012, including a positive goal differential (+1). This was the first time since 2007 that the team had accomplished such a feat.
NEXT TIME FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies will head to Chicago for a game against the Loyola Ramblers on Friday, September 20. That one is set to take place at the Loyola Soccer Park at 7 p.m.