Women's soccer starts MAC play with 4-0 loss at Buffalo




Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  


Northern Illinois 0 - 0 - - - 0 NIU now 1-4-0,
0-1-0 in MAC
Buffalo 3 - 1 - - - 4 UB now 5-2-0,
1-1-0 in MAC


Scoring Summary:
UB --- Nicole Olszewski (Natalia crofut assist), 2:23 Gone, 1st Half.
UB --- Natalia Crofut (Unassisted), 23:39 Gone, 1st Half.
UB --- Nicole Olszewski (Erin McGarry assist), 27:36 Gone, 1st Half.
UB --- Jenny Dannecker (Arielle Korczykowski assist), 78:59 Gone, 2nd Half.

Statistical Summary:

Statistic NIU UB
Overall Shots 6 24
Shots on Goal 1 11
Corner Kicks 1 3
Offsides 1 1
Fouls 12 12




BUFFALO, NY---Northern Illinois University's women's soccer team began Mid-American Conference play on a sour note Sunday (Sept. 14), suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the University at Buffalo.


Nicole Olszewski scored a pair of goals for the Bulls while Natalia Crofut added a goal and an assist for the victors. Buffalo improved to 5-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the MAC while the Huskies dropped to 1-4-0 on the season after losing its MAC opener. UB has now won five straight meetings versus Northern Illinois, outscoring the Huskies 13-1 in that span.


Olszewski wasted little time in putting UB in front, steering Crofut's feed past Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian) just 2:23 into the contest. Crofut netted an unassisted tally at 23:39 and Olszewski stretched the margin to 3-0 less than four minutes later as Erin McGarry set up the Bulls' third tally at 27:36.


Buffalo outshot the Huskies 14-3 in the opening 45 minutes. Dvorak registered five saves in net before giving way to Leigh Steigerwald (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) but the Northern Illinois attack could not get started against the UB defense. The Huskies managed just one shot on goal for the afternoon.


UB's reserves added to the margin in the second half as Jenny Dannecker hit the net at the 78:59 mark, converting a pass from Arielle Korczykowski for her first goal of the season. The Bulls finished with a 24-6 advantage in shots.


"We had some good individual efforts defensively, but our team effort just wasn't there today," Northern Illinois coach Frank Horvat admitted.


NIU entered the match riding a wave of emotion following a 1-0, overtime victory over preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton University on Friday (Sept. 12), but Horvat's crew could not carry that momentum into the first of 12 MAC dates.


The road doesn't get any easier for the Huskies next week, as NIU visits Ball State University on Friday (Sept. 19) before a Sunday (Sept. 21) stop at Miami (OH) University. MU's RedHawks have won the last three MAC championships, with Ball State projected to win the 2003 league tournament according to the preseason coaches' poll. Northern Illinois doesn't play again at home until a September 26 date versus Marshall University.


-30- --- Copy by Robert Hester