RECORD BOOK WHILE HOLDING ON FOR 1-1 TIE AGAINST BALL STATE
DeKALB, IL- The Northern Illinois University women's soccer team
extended the longest unbeaten streak in school history to seven
games this afternoon with a 1-1 draw against Ball State University.
With the decision, the Huskies move to 4-0-3 on the season, with
6 points in Mid-American Conference play, while Ball State stands
at 4-1-3 with 3 points in the league.
The Cardinal and Black lit up the scoreboard first for the sixth
time in seven games at the 9:47 mark when Christie Ehrhardt
(Addison / Roselle Lake Park) headed Elaine Eliadis' (Orland
Park / Carl Sandburg) free kick to the waiting boot of Beth Matus
(Rockford / Boylan). Matus put the six-yard shot past BSU keeper
Alison Becker to give the Huskies a 1-0 advantage. Just past the
midway point in the first half, Kate Nadalin countered for the Cardinals,
hooking a corner kick into the net to even the score.
"Give Ball State credit, we scored first, but then we had had
to sub a lot due to the fatigue factor from Friday," Huskie
boss Frank Horvat stated. "They didn't allow us to do a lot,
but overall the result shows the character, heart and desire of
Ball State controlled the later portion of the game, outshooting
NIU 18-6 in the final 65 minutes (second half and two overtimes)-including
11-3 in shots on goal. Huskie goalkeeper Carrie Dvorak (Granger,
IN / Marian) continued a banner year in net, recording 13 saves
on the day.
With the victory, "the streak" continues for the Huskies,
eclipsing a six match unbeaten streak in 1998, and is the longest
unbeaten run in the program's 12 year history.
"I'm really happy for the players to have that, it's a testament
to their work ethic and wanting to do better," Horvat said
of the unbeaten streak. "It is great, but getting to the MAC
Tournament and then winning it and going on to the NCAA is the goal."
The MAC schedule brings two of its top teams together on Friday
(September 24), when Western Michigan University hosts the Huskies.
The Broncos dropped their first MAC decision of the season on Sunday
to Miami University, a 4-3 double overtime loss. Game time is 4
p.m. (EDT) in Kalamazoo, MI.
ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S SOCCER LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAKS
7 - 2004: 4-0-3; Wisconsin-Green Bay (2-1), Western Illinois
(4-0), IPFW (1-0), Ohio (1-1), Marshall (1-0), Miami (1-1), Ball
6 - 1998 6-0-0; Buffalo (2-0), Kent State (5-0), Bowling Green State
(4-2), Miami (2-1 in OT), Eastern Michigan (4-2), Toledo (4-0),
ended by Wisconsin 2-0
5 - three times, most recently:
1997: 5-0-0; UCF (5-0), Miami (6-0), Ohio (2-0), Valparaiso (4-0),
Western Michigan (3-0),
ended by Marquette 1-0