Sept. 16, 2011
2011 SCHEDULE | NIU ATHLETICS TWITTER | SEASON STATISTICS
DEKALB, Ill. - Just recently earning its first shutout of the season over Eastern Illinois (Sept. 13) the Northern Illinois women's soccer team (0-5-2) will be celebrating senior day in their final non-conference contest Sept. 18 against Loyola (3-4-1). The match will begin at 1 p.m. at NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex, with senior presentations beginning roughly 10 minutes before the match.
THE HONORED ELDERS
Seniors Meaghan Bennett (Portage, Mich.), Becca Ford (DeKalb, Ill.), Megan Harry (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Kelsey Passaglia (Cary, Ill.) will be honored before Sunday's match against the Ramblers. Passaglia is the lone four-year member of the squad, while Bennett, Ford and Harry all used a redshirt year at Northern Illinois and are now fifth-year members of the squad.
Fans not able to attend the match can follow the Huskies live on NIUHuskies.com on GameTracker and All-Access Video Stream. Subscription required to watch video stream.
LAST TIME OUT
Northern Illinois picked up its first clean sheet of the season when it hosted Eastern Illinois Tuesday afternoon and played to a 0-0 double overtime draw. The Huskies amassed 24 shots (nine on goal) to the Panthers seven in the contest and created several chances for themselves, including a close scoring chance by sophomore Kayra Thompson in the first overtime period.
The Overland Park, Kan. native forced EIU's goalkeeper to make a wide stretch to her right to force a fingertip save and an NIU corner kick, one-of-14 in the match. Senior Kelsey Passaglia led all players in shots with seven in the match, two on goal, and was a consistent thorn in the Panthers paw.
Through the Ramblers are not of the Nash variety, Loyola is currently 3-4-1 this season and recently fell to Northwestern, 3-0, Sept. 14. LU played the Wildcats to a 0-0 halftime draw before Northwestern scored seven minutes into the half and added goals in the 73rd and 82nd minutes. It was the team's third-straight loss of the season (3-4-1). The team opened hot with a pair of 1-0 wins over Bowling Green and Gonzaga. The Ramblers only other victory of the season came at the expense of Northern Iowa, 4-0, two days before the Huskies tied UNI.
Ana Michelini is Loyola's leading scorer with two goals and an assist (five points), but the team has evenly distributed scoring duties as three other players (Valerie Gonyo, Monika Lee, Tricia Stonebraker) are each tied with a goal-a-piece.
MOVIN' ON UP
Sophomore Amy Carr moved into a tie for No. 3 all-time in ties at NIU Tuesday after recording her eighth career shutout in her two save effort. The native of Hemel Hempstead, England recorded seven in her freshman campaign and was twice named the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Week.
THE HUSKIES AND THE RAMBLERS
The two in-state squads have had some history in the past 19 years, meeting eight times in that span. Loyola owns a slight edge in the series with a 4-3-1 clip, that includes the last four matches over the Huskies. However, Northern Illinois has outscored the Ramblers 9-6 in the all-time series. This will be the third-straight season in which the two teams have faced each other.
A quick blurb that warrants mention:
- NIU surpassed their 2010 tie total Tuesday versus Eastern Illinois are are 0-0-2 in overtime this season
- The Huskies are still looking for their first win of the season
- In their 18 previous Northern Illinois has only posted two seasons in which it has not won a non-conference match
The Huskies will begin its "second season" Sept. 23 as they play host to Toledo and travel to Ball State Sept. 25. Kickoff for the match against the Rockets is slated for 4 p.m. next Friday.