Week 4 Notes
Sept. 14, 2012
SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
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DeKALB, Ill. - With a lone match over the weekend, Northern Illinois will host South Dakota Sunday afternoon, beginning at noon at NIU Soccer Complex. It will be the Huskies final non-conference match of the season before the start of Mid-American Conference play.
ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA
South Dakota owns a 1-5-1 record, but hopes to improve that before it reaches DeKalb as it takes on Loyola Friday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Coyotes opened the season with losses to Gonzaga (3-1) and Idaho (1-0), before returning home for three matches where they earned their first win (St. Mary's (Calif.), 3-2) and draw of the season (North Dakota, 4-4). USD is winless on the road and has surrendered nine goals away from its home pitch in Vermillion.
COYOTE TO WATCH...
Despite its record, South Dakota has not had trouble scoring goals this season as it put 11 balls into the back of net, five more than NIU in 2012. Jenny Teslow has been the leading contributor with four goals and an assist thus far, including the game-winner versus the Gaels. Five different Coyote players have scored goals this season.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Sunday's contest will be the Huskies first-ever against the Coyotes. USD is in its fifth year as a Division I affiliate after making the jump in fall 2008 and spending 87 years as a member of Division II's North Central Conference. All-time, NIU is 37-30-1 when playing an opponent for the first time.
LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies earned their third split of the season last weekend when they lost to Northwestern Friday night, 2-0, and defeated Eastern Illinois, 1-0, Sunday afternoon.
Against the Wildcats, NIU had its chances to take the lead with a heavy wind from the lake at its back. The team was unable to score however, as the wind blew shots wide and through passes over the endline and lost, 2-0.
At EIU, the Huskies wasted little time getting offensive as Cori Frankenberg scored in the first four minutes. Northern Illinois defended well the rest of the match and did not allow the Panthers a shot on goal in the match. NIU ended with 17 shots, six on goal, but didn't add a second score.
FRANKENBERG THE FINISHER
The NCAA released it's first Division I women's soccer stat report Tuesday morning and junior Cori Frankenebrg ranked seventh in the country in game-winning goals this season. All three of the Appleton, Wis. native's goals have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
NIU ON THE DEFENSIVE
In last Sunday's match against Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois did not allow the Panthers to take a shot on goal. The defense blocked three of the seven chances by EIU. It was the first time since Aug. 29, 2008 the Huskies did not allow a shot on goal in a match. Ironically enough, it was against Eastern Illinois a well.
SOLID AVERAGE = SOLID RANKING
With three shutouts to her credit this season and only four goals allowed in 493 minutes, goalkeeper Amy Carr currently owns a goals against average of 0.73. Though the defensive third is a big part of that as well, Carr is ranked No. 62 of 150 in the country for the lowest GAA. As a team, NIU ranks 73rd of 300 in goals against average this season (0.833).
That expression can be used 1,000 different ways. On Aug. 19 when the Huskies defeated SIU-Edwardsville, 1-0, junior Amy Carr earned her 10th career shutout in net. Since then, Carr has earned shutouts over Loyola and Eastern Illinois to raise her career total to 12. She's now second all-time at NIU in clean sheets, behind former MAC record holder, Lindsay Curnock (25).
A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT
In her first ever appearance for the Huskies Friday Aug. 17, senior Anna Roman-Pleschko scored to draw NIU even with Drake, 1-1, late in the contest. She became the first Northern Illinois women's soccer player to score in her debut since Jestina Orlando did against IUPUI Aug. 31, 2007. Roman-Pleschko transferred to NIU from Michigan Tech in 2011 and redshirted last season.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Jestina Orlando, like Anna Roman-Pleschko, was a transfer to Northern Illinois, originally playing at North Dakota State during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. First year Head Coach John spent nine seasons on the Bison sidelines (2003-11), recruiting Orlando to NDSU and coaching her in her first two seasons.
20-YEARS AND RUNNING STRONG
The Huskies began their 20th season Aug. 17 at Drake and own the honor of being the Mid-American Conference's oldest program. When NIU kicked off against Drake, it was the Huskies 365th contest. NIU has won two MAC Championships in their time and has reached the tournament championship three times since the conference began sponsoring women's soccer in 1997.
YOUNG FOLKS, TALKING `BOUT THE YOUNG STYLE
When the Huskies played their first soccer game September 5, 1993, 12 members of the team were not born yet. NIU kicked off its program with a 7-0 win over Valparaiso, coincidentally, where NIU played its first exhibition match of the 2012 season.
Northern Illinois will hope to rebound after a 2011 season that saw the team finish 2-15-2 overall and 1-9 in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies were selected to finish 11th in this season's MAC Coaches Poll with 14 points, three points behind Bowling Green. Toledo was selected as the preseason favorite. Despite the low prognostication, the Huskies will be looking to qualify for the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2010.
Though exhibitions can have close to no correlation to the regular season, Northern Illinois finished 1-0-1 in the preseason and did not surrender a goal in their 180 minutes of play. Between the sticks, sophomore Deanna Libricz played 135 minutes in goal and was cool as a cucumber versus IPFW as she made two saves and was very quick to step and clear any passes or threats by the attack.
The Huskies will open Mid-American Conference season next weekend, hosting Eastern Michigan Friday Sept. 21, followed by a contest with Western Michigan Sunday Sept. 23.