Oct. 1, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team will head into its second weekend of Mid-American Conference play as the Huskies take on Ohio, Friday, at 4 p.m. and Akron, Sunday, in a 1 p.m. contest. Both matches will be held at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
The Huskies opened MAC play this past weekend with a 0-0-2 record, with ties against Bowling Green (1-1), Sept. 25, and Toledo (0-0), Sept. 27. NIU leads the MAC with a goals-against-average of 0.66, while joining Kent State to lead the conference with just seven goals allowed this season.
"We are going to take it one game at a time," head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker said. "Every game is going to be very physical, and every game is going to be a battle. Everyone is fighting for points right now and we expect it to be a tough game."
Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./ Batavia) leads the Huskies defensively, recording nine saves and a 0.90 save percentage in last weekend's contests. Curnock broke the MAC career shutout record when she held Toledo to a scoreless game, Sept. 27, to mark her 28th shutout. Curnock currently ranks third in the MAC with a 0.67 goals-against-average.
The Huskies will take on Ohio (3-5-1, 0-1-1 MAC), Friday, as the Huskies enter the contest with a 9-5-2 series advantage over the Bobcats. Ohio is 0-1-1 in the MAC, with a 4-0 loss against Central Michigan on Sept. 25, and a 0-0 tie against Eastern Michigan, Sept. 27.
NIU will then play host to Akron (2-4-2, 0-1-1 MAC), Sunday, in the Huskies' final of seven consecutive home games. The Huskies hold a 5-2-1 series advantage over Akron. Akron is 0-1-1 in MAC play, with a 1-1 tie against Eastern Michigan, Sept. 25, and 1-0 loss to Central Michigan, Sept. 27.