Let The Games Begin: Huskies Open MAC Play Friday

GO HUSKIES Freshman Emily Nulty and the Huskies will hope for their first MAC opening win since 2008
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Freshman Emily Nulty and the Huskies will hope for their first MAC opening win since 2008
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Sept. 20, 2012

EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES
Date:
Friday, September 21, 2012
Time:
4 p.m.
Location:
DeKalb, Ill.

WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
Date:
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Time:
1 p.m.
Location:
DeKalb, Ill.

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ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN

Eastern Michigan is 3-3-1 this season and was last in action Sept. 9 at Michigan State, a 2-0 victory by the Spartans after two second half goals. The Eagles last match against Detroit on Sept. 13 was cancelled due to travel conflicts. In its last five matches, EMU is 3-2 with wins over Butler, Lamar and IUPUI. In seven matches, the Eagles have scored 11 goals and surrendered 10.

EAGLES TO WATCH...
As a scorer and a distributor, Angela Vultaggio is a danger with three goals and four assists to lead Eastern Michigan in both categories. She shares the goals lead with Bianca Ross, who also has three goals, but only two assists. In net, Jenna O'Dell has been a rock for the Eagles to perch on, playing in all 650 minutes of action. She boasts a 1.38 goals against average and a stellar 52 saves (0.839 save percentage).

ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN
Following a strong 4-1 start to open the season with their only loss to No. 19 Illinois, the Broncos are an even 4-4 this season. Western Michigan was last in action when it hist the road for East Lansing, Mich. for a midweek tilt with Mcihigan State, where it fell 1-0. Three days prior to that, WMU fell in overtime to Loyola, 2-1. The team's last win was Sept. 2, handing Illinois State its first loss of the season, 2-1.

BRONCOS TO WATCH...
Rachel Chaney leads the team in scoring with four goals for a total of eight points in the Broncos eight tilts. However, six different players have tallied goals and 10 Broncos have registered points. Ball movement and distribution is a strength as seven players have registered helpers thus far.

LAST TIME OUT
NIU played one contest over the weekend, hosting South Dakota. The Huskies struck first blood two minutes into the match on a goal by Courtney Ksiazek, followed by a curling, off the inside of the post match winner from Cori Frankenberg in the 11th. Allie McBride scored three minutes later with her first career goal and gave the Huskies a 3-0 lead at the half. USD got on the board in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick to make it 3-1. Freshman Kate Wirthlin, making her seventh career appearance, scored her first collegiate goal to give NIU its 4-1 final score.

TWO OF US
All-time in their first two Mid-American Conference contests, Northern Illinois is 9-18-3 since joing the conference in 1997. The Huskies last swept  their first two matches in MAC play in 1998 when they defeated Central Michigan and Western Michigan. NIU is winless in its last three MAC openers, falling to Toledo in 2010 and 2011. The Huskies tied with Bowling Green in 2009 and defeated the Falcons in 2008, their last conference opening win.


THE HUSKIES AND THE EAGLES
NIU and EMU have met 17 times in the all-time series, dating back to 1997. Including the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the Huskies trail the Eagles 3-12-2. Northern Illinois last triumphed in 2007, a 1-0 decision in DeKalb and recorded a 0-0 draw in Ypsilanti in 2008.

THE HUSKIES AND THE BRONCOS
The 16th matchup between Northern Illinois and Western Michigan will take place Sunday afternoon, where the Broncos lead the series, 5-9-1. Like the series between NIU and EMU, the Huskies have not triumphed since 2007, a 1-0 victory at WMU. The last tie in the series was in 2009 in Kalamazoo. Surprisingly, the teams have never played each other in the MAC Tournament.

FRANKENBERG THE FINISHER
Junior Cori Frankenberg has been on a tear to open the 2012 season with four goals and two assists, including four game-winning goals. She is ranked fourth in the NCAA after her game-winner Sunday versus South Dakota. She leads the MAC in golden goals and is currently tied for fifth in the conference in scoring with four goals and two assists.

HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE
Last Sunday against the Coyotes, Northern Illinois scored four goals to USD's one. It was the first time since Sept. 18, 2009 versus Oakland (W, 4-0) that the Huskies had scored four-or-more goals in a match.

IT'S BEEN AWHILE
Following its 4-1 win against South Dakota, NIU won its second-consecutive match, marking the first time since Oct. 22-24, 2010 over Miami (Ohio) and BGSU the Huskies had accomplished the feat.

DRIVE MY CARR
With three shutouts to her credit this season and only five goals allowed in 573 minutes, goalkeeper Amy Carr currently owns a goals against average of 0.79. Though the defensive third is a big part as well, Carr is ranked No. 64 of 150 in the country for the lowest GAA. As a team, NIU ranks 72nd of 300 in goals against average this season (0.857).

The Hemel Hempstead, England native is third in the MAC in goals against average and tied for second in shutouts. All-time at NIU, she is second in career shutouts behind Lindsay Curnock's 25 (2006-09).

NIU ON THE DEFENSIVE
In the Sept. 9 match at 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.

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.

MOVING FORWARD
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.

PRESEASON PROWESS
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.

NEXT UP
The Huskies will hit the road for their first Mid-American Conference battles next weekend Sept. 26 and 28 for matches at Akron and Buffalo, respectively. Friday's match at Akron will begin at 6:30 p.m. Central, while the Buffalo match kicks off at 11 a.m. Central.

The Last Meeting
Eastern Michigan1
Northern Illinois0
October 14, 2011
DeKalb, Ill.
Attack-Oriented Huskies Fall to Eastern Michigan
Senior Kelsey Passaglia fired four shots, one on goal, against Eastern Michigan today on a windy NIU Soccer Complex pitch. Though NIU outshot EMU, 11-8, the Eagles converted a goal in the 38th minute to defeat the Huskies, 1-0.

The Last Meeting
Western Michigan2
Northern Illinois0
October 27, 2011
DeKalb, Ill.
2011 Season Ends With 2-0 Loss to Broncos
The 2011 Northern Illinois women's soccer season came to Thursday afternoon when it hosted Western Michigan at NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex. After surrendering two goals in the first half, the Huskies attempted to rally back to break the shutout, bouncing a ball off the crossbar and sailing shots just high of the post, but NIU would fall 2-0 in the contest to end its season.


 

 

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