SOCCER DROPS THIRD STRAIGHT MATCH ON THE ROAD
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - The Northern Illinois University women's soccer
team dropped its third consecutive decision on the road Friday,
a 3-0 loss to Central Michigan University. With the victory the
Chippewas move to 5-4-2, with 11 points in the MAC, while the Huskies
fall to 4-3-3, with six points. Northern Illinois has dropped three
straight in its four game road trip, after starting the season with
a seven match unbeaten streak.
"We're struggling right now to play the way we did in the first
seven or eight games of the season," Huskie head coach Frank
Horvat said. "We're not working through our bad moments
Central Michigan got on the board first in the 23rd minute, when
Rosamaria Rago beat Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian)
on a breakaway to give the Chippewas a 1-0 advantage. Fifteen minutes
later, Correy Cabrera snuck one in from six yards to give CMU a
2-0 halftime advantage.
"For the second straight game, we didn't show up to play in
the first half," Horvat stated. "But we came out to play
in the second half and need to build off today's second half."
The Huskies challenged in the second half, putting four shots on
net, compared to just one in the first half. After NIU pulled a
few defenders to bolster the offensive attack with forwards, CMU's
Laura Gaesser got a breakaway one-on-one with Dvorak. Dvorak made
the save on Gaesser's initial shot, but was unable to corral the
rebound, which Gaesser put into the net at 89:00 to give Central
a 3-0 win.
Despite the losing effort, Dvorak made nine saves, as the Chippewas
outshot the Huskies 21-6.
The Huskies hope to rebound in the final match of a four-match road
trip when they visit Eastern Michigan University on Sunday (October