STATE 2, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 0
ISU --- Heather Forsyth (Tiffany DeClark assist), 55:31.
ISU --- Jaclyn Rucinsky (Unassisted), 82:46.
SHORTHANDED NORTHERN ILLINOIS WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM DROPS 2-0 DECISION
AT ILLINOIS STATE
NORMAL, IL---Three matches in five days proved too much for
the injury-riddled Northern Illinois University women's soccer team
Tuesday (Sept. 30) as Illinois State University posted a 2-0 victory
in non-conference action.
won its second match in a row, improving to 4-3-2 on the season.
Northern Illinois fell to 1-8-1 on the season and is now winless
in its last six contests (0-5-1).
Huskies withstood a 12-4 disadvantage in shots in the first half
as sophomore goalkeeper Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian) stopped
six Redbird shots before intermission. But the hosts broke the scoreless
draw 10:31 into the second half when ISU senior Tiffany DeClark
found Heather Forsyth in front for the go-ahead goal.
Rucinsky added an insurance tally at 82:46 as her drive caromed
off the far post and into the net for her first marker of 2003.
Illinois State netminder Allison Farrington registered her second
consecutive shutout with two saves on the afternoon.
the first half we played good soccer and were doing some good things.
In the second half we started substituting, and that affected us,"
Northern Illinois coach Frank Horvat admitted. "We were tired
from the weekend, but we let another game go that we could have
won. We just didn't do a lot of the little things right like we
Huskies were held without a shot after the break as Illinois State
rolled that margin to 23-4 for the afternoon. Dvorak logged a total
of ten saves to keep a shorthanded NIU squad in contention but the
Northern Illinois attack was halted by the ISU defense which has
posted five shutouts in nine matches this fall.
first goal was off a dead-ball situation and we let them get free,"
Horvat explained. "The second goal was a tough situatin for
us, and we got two players caught marking the same player. (Rucinsky)
hit a good enough shot to go off the post and in. That was a tough
break for us."
Illinois was without three starters as senior defenders Tiffany
Anderson (Liberytville) and Maggie Nowicki (Naperville / Central)
sat out the contest with injuries sustained in Sunday's (Sept. 28)
tie with Ohio University and goalkeeper Leigh Steigerwald (Fort
Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) did not play while nursing
a back injury. Freshman Megan Kolkay (Aurora / Waubonsie Valley)
stepped into a starting role and drew credit for her play in the
played like an upperclassman today," Horvat noted. "She
really stepped up and played hard from beginning to end today."
Huskies return to Mid-American Conference play Friday (Oct. 3) with
a 7:30 p.m. match at the University of Akron. The weekend road swing
concludes Sunday (Oct. 5) when NIU visits current MAC front-runner
Kent State University for a 1 p.m. contest.
--- Copy by Robert Hester