SOCCER DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT AT HANDS OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE
SPRINGFIELD, MO - A trip outside of the Mid-American Conference
on Sunday (September 26) gave the Northern Illinois University women's
soccer team a 5-0 defeat to Southwest Missouri State. The Huskies-who
entered the weekend as one of nine unbeatens at the NCAA Division
I level-have now lost two straight and fall to 4-2-3. The Bears
move to 5-2-1 on the season.
"This weekend showed us some things for us to work on,"
Huskie head coach Frank Horvat said. "We gave up too
many goals on set pieces, whether it was a corner or off a foul
or throw-in. Fortunately this wasn't a MAC game."
SMS found the net early and often, as Kate Hercules scored her third
goal of the season off a Angela Parsons corner kick at 5:26. A little
more than five minutes later Kate Blair tickled the twine with her
fourth goal of the season to make it 2-0. The Bears weren't done
yet, as both Parsons and Hercules netted goals two minutes apart,
putting the Huskies down 4-0 at the 29:02 mark. Hercules concluded
her superb game by scoring the hat trick at 82:26.
"We simply came out flat," Horvat stated. "We played
much better in the second half, but we need to play 90 minutes every
time we step on the field. I can't hide my disappointment right
now, but we will go back and work to get this sorted out before
Northern Illinois returns to Mid-American Conference action with
a pair of road games next weekend. On Friday (October 1) the Huskies
will take on Central Michigan University, heading east to Ypsilanti,
MI, to take on the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University on Sunday
(October 3). Eastern Michigan moved to 3-1-1 in the conference following
a pair of victories this weekend, while Central Michigan is 2-1-2
after beating Bowling Green State and tying the University of Toledo.