Illinois Women's Soccer "Shows Heart" In Overtime Loss
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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
great for the future of our program."
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
is back in action Friday (Sept. 30) at 4:00 P.M.
when they battle Ohio University at Huskie Soccer Field.