Northern Illinois Women's Soccer "Shows Heart" In Overtime Loss To Toledo

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September 25, 2005

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Northern Illinois Women's Soccer "Shows Heart" In Overtime Loss To Toledo

DeKalb, IL— Northern Illinois field boss Marci Miller told her players after regulation to come out with "heart" in the overtime period. The Huskies responded to Miller's plea, controlling the ball in the University of Toledo end until Kelly Langenbeck broke through the NIU defense to score the golden goal (98:16) in overtime.

"Its tough to lose in overtime," said Miller. "When you play as well as we did this afternoon, and don't win it is hard. We played a great game and had our chances, we just fell short."

Huskie freshman Jenna Clausen (Racine, WI / Horlick) headed in a goal in overtime that would have been the game winner for NIU. The goal was pulled back because of a Northern Illinois foul. The Huskies continued to press the Rockets until UT was able to push the ball into the NIU half and score the game winner.

Huskie fan's saw the emergence of the talented NIU youth Sunday (Sept. 25). Sophomore Karen Enockson (St. Charles / East), NIU's leading goal scorer (three) applied pressure on the Rocket defense. While freshmen, Thea Johonson (Homewood / Homewood Flossmoor) and Clausen elevated their games on Sunday afternoon.

"Marci told us it was time to mature," said Johnson. "We started to play like more seasoned players. We know we need to be more aggressive and less timid."

"I told them (the younger players) that they had to grow up," Miller commented. "No more lacking confidence, Thea has the capability to take control of the game. (Playing at thie level) is something they are all getting used to and I think they are playing well and will be
great for the future of our program."

The Huskies opened the game playing more aggressively on the offensive end than they have during the first part of the season. Northern Illinois was able to apply pressure on the UT defense and give goalie Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian) an opportunity to rest a little. Dvorak still tallied six saves. The Huskies tired a bit in the second half, but after Miller's emotional and inspiring overtime speech NIU bounced back and came out with a flurry of offensive opportunities in the loss.

Northern Illinois is back in action Friday (Sept. 30) at 4:00 P.M.
when they battle Ohio University at Huskie Soccer Field.

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