Huskies Seek First MAC Win With Chances at Akron and Buffalo

GO HUSKIES Sophomore Lauren Noonan
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Sophomore Lauren Noonan
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Women's Soccer Notes - Week 6 Get Acrobat Reader

Sept. 27, 2012

AKRON ZIPS
Date:
Friday, September 28, 2012
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Location:
Akron, Ohio

BUFFALO BULLS
Date:
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Time:
11 a.m.
Location:
Buffalo, N.Y.

Live Video:
mac-sports.com (Akron)
                  
BuffaloBulls.com (Buffalo)
Live Stats:
GoZips.com (Akron)
    
              BuffaloBulls.com (Buffalo)
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ABOUT AKRON

Akron is 4-5 this season but is currently on a three-match skid after opening the season with a 2-2 record and has been outscored 8-2 in its last three matches. In their Mid-American Conference opener at Miami (Ohio), the Zips were outscored 4-1 and in their following match, Ball State defeated UA, 2-1. The team's last win occurred Sept. 9 versus Canius (1-0).

ZIPS TO WATCH...
Ashley Hughes and Megan Waskowski both share Akron's lead in scoring with three goals and an assist a piece. Waskowski has started all nine matches, while Hughes has only started once but has appeared in all nine.

ABOUT BUFFALO
Buffalo is 2-7-1 thus far in the 2012 season and has won one match in their last seven contests. On Sept. 14, the Bulls defeated Robert Morris, 1-0, their only win of the month. UB opened the season 1-1-1 with a loss to Colgate (2-1), a win versus Canisius (2-0) and tying St. Bonaventure, 1-1. In its opening weekend of Mid-American Conference play, Buffalo conceded four goals to its one scored at Ball State and Miami (Ohio), dropping both matches.

BULLS TO WATCH...
Katie Roberts is UB's top-scorer in 2012 with a team-leading three goals, while also adding one assist. She has one game-winning goal, tickling the net against Canisius Aug. 23. Goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon has appeared 939 minutes in net and boasts a 1.15 goals against average and 40 saves.

The Last Meeting
Akron1
Northern Illinois0
September 30, 2011
DeKalb, Ill.
Huskies Fall to Akron in Windy Chess Match
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team hosted Akron Friday afternoon in blustering wind, impacting the contest like a 12th-player on the field. While the Huskies nearly secured an early lead with the wind at its back, NIU fell to a Zips second half goal in the 63rd minute, 1-0.

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois1
Buffalo0
October 7, 2011
Buffalo, N.Y.
Huskies Ambush Bulls, 1-0, on Second Half Corner Kick
Junior center back Lauren Eberts aided to her own defensive cause this evening, scoring a goal off a corner kick and shutting down Buffalo, 1-0. The win at Buffalo is only the second in program history, with both wins occurring under Head Coach Carrie Barker.


LAST TIME OUT
Hosting Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan in the opening weekend of MAC play, Northern Illinois finished the weekend 0-1-1, conceding only one goal on a penalty kick.

Physical play dominated the EIU-NIU match Friday and the Huskies got a little too physical in the 18-yard box as a penalty kick was awarded to the Eagles in the 64th minute. Eastern Michigan converted and the Huskies fell, 1-0.

Like the weekend's previous match, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan played a physical, high-tempo contest. Both teams had excellent chances to score, but stalwart defensive efforts from both teams barred any scoring as NIU earned its fourth clean sheat of the season in a 0-0 draw.

PUSHING FOR THE PENALTY
In their nine games this season, Northern Illinois has surrendered seven goals, two on penalty kicks, for an average of .759 goals allowed per match. In the last 399 minutes of play, the Huskies have not allowed a goal from a shot, only the two goals on penalties. NIU last let a shot on goal slip past in the 62nd minute at Northwestern, Sept. 7.

THE HUSKIES AND THE ZIPS
Friday's match under the lights at FirstEnergy Stadium will be the 12th match all-time in the series, an annual affair since 2001, where the Huskies lead the series 6-4-1. NIU suffered a 1-0 loss last season to the Zips after capturing a 1-0 win in 2010 in Akron. On the grass surface of Cub Cadet Field, the Huskies are 2-2-1.

THE HUSKIES AND THE BULLS
The 16th meeting between Northern Illinois and Buffalo will take place Sunday, with the Huskies trailing the Bulls by one match in the all-time series, 7-8-0. NIU earned its lone MAC win of the season in 2011 when Lauren Eberts headed a goal at net in the 67th minute on a corner kick from Shelbi Johnson. The Huskies have won four of the last five, last falling to the Bulls in 2009.

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 seventh in the NCAA after her game-winner Sept. 16 versus South Dakota. She leads the MAC in golden goals and is currently ninth in the conference in scoring with four goals and two assists.

SHOULD IT HAPPEN...
The Huskies are looking for their first weekend sweep, in conference or non-conference play, since Oct. 22 and 24, 2010 versus Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green. The last time NIU earned a pair of wins on the road in the same weekend was Oct. 9 and 11, 1998 with wins, again, over BGSU and MU, respectively. In 2008, the Huskies last earned atleast four points (a win and a tie) in the same weekend Oct. 17 and 19, 2008 at Buffalo (W, 1-0) and Kent State (T, 1-1).

HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE
On Sept. 16 against South Dakota, Northern Illinois scored four goals to the Coyotes 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.

DRIVE MY CARR
With four shutouts to her credit this season and only six goals allowed in 773 minutes, goalkeeper Amy Carr currently owns a goals against average of 0.699. Though the defensive third is a big part as well, Carr is ranked No. 41 of 150 in the country for the lowest GAA. As a team, NIU ranks 55th of 330 in goals against average this season (0.759).

The Hemel Hempstead, England native is second in the MAC in goals against average and tied for second in shutouts. All-time at NIU, she is second in career shutouts with 13 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 return home next weekend for a pair of MAC contests, hosting Bowling Green and Central Michigan Oct. 5 and Oct. 7, respectively.