Women's Soccer Will Tour Michigan to Begin MAC Play

GO HUSKIES Nicole Gobbo
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Nicole Gobbo
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Sept. 26, 2013

Eastern Michigan Eagles
Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Scicluna Field, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Live Stats: EMUEagles.com

Western Michigan Broncos
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: Noon
Location: Mackenzie Field, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Live Stats: WMUBroncos.com

ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN
The Eastern Michigan Eagles sit at 3-4-1 on the season coming into this game against the Huskies. EMU is coming off of two straight victories, outscoring opponents by a combined 9-1 in those matches. Scott Hall heads the coaching staff for the Eagles. He has a ton of experience, being with the team in now his 15th season. Hall has a career record of 139-107-40 at EMU.

SOARING EAGLES
Bianca Rossi was an All-MAC First Team player last year. So far this season, she has eight points coming from three goals and two assists. Her teammate, Cara Cutaia was an All-MAC Second Team player in 2012. She leads the team in goals with five.

ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN
The Western Michigan Broncos, as of Thursday, September 26, are 2-3-2. In their last match, the Broncos had a strong showing, winning 4-0 against Western Illinois. The WMU coaching staff is lead by Nate Norman, who is in his second season at head coach. Prior to his coaching career, Norman played for the U20 United States national team, participating in highly competitive tournaments throughout the world.

CHARGING BRONCO
Megan Ross is proving herself as an asset coming off the bench. She leads her team in scoring with two goals, despite starting just one of seven games this year. She also has only taken two total shots, meaning she has a 100% success rate on shot attempts so far.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS
NIU has struggled in the past against both of these teams. Against the EMU Eagles, the Huskies hold a 3-13-2 overall record, losing last year's match 1-0. Against the WMU Broncos, the Huskies have a 5-9-2 record. Last year's game against the team ended in a scoreless tie.


 

 

LAST TIME ON HUSKIES WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies had just one game last weekend to conclude non-conference play. It was against Loyola Chicago, and NIU left the windy city after a 1-0 defeat. NIU is now 2-5-1 on the season.

COMMENCE CONFERENCE PLAY
The game against the Eagles will be the first MAC game of the year for the Huskies. The team's non-conference record ended up being fifth among MAC teams, ending a touch behind Toledo's 3-5 record. Last year, NIU went 4-5-2 in MAC play.

FRANKENBERG'S SCORING IS A PLUS
In the last six matches that Cori Frankenberg has scored in, the Huskies have not recorded a loss. Dating back to last season, NIU is 5-0-1 in such affairs. In those games, the Appleton, Wis. native has five game-winning goals to her credit in addition to one equalizer. Frankenberg currently has two goals on the season and leads the team in shots fired at 13.

UNSELFISH HUSKIES
The Huskies have scored nine goals so far this season. Those nine goals are spread among seven different players, including Frankenberg, Nicole Gobbo, Jess Wooldridge, Lauren Noonan, Sara Spaulding, Alex Elias, and Frances Boukidis. Not only are the scores spread around, the opportunities are as well. 17 different Huskies have attempted shot so far this season.

FOCUS ON DEFENSE
The Huskies have been tough to score on lately. They've strung together three games in which the opposition has only scored one goal. NIU's defense has been lead by the play of Lauren Noonan this season, as she has consistently made plays to stop scoring threats this season.

NEXT TIME FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
To begin play in October, the Huskies will have two home games the weekend following these games. This will be the first time all season that NIU will play two games at home on same weekend. On Friday, October 4, the Huskies will face Akron at 4 p.m. On Sunday, October 6, they get Buffalo in a game at 1 p.m.