Soccer 'Learning To Win,' In Overtime Victory Against Akron
DeKalb, IL -
With 15 seconds remaining in the opening overtime period, Northern
Illinois University junior Elaine Eliadis (Orland Park / Carl Sandburg)
pounded a free kick through the University of Akron defense and
past the keeper to give the Huskies a 1-0 victory Sunday (Oct.2).
It was their second Mid-American Conference victory in as many games
and boosted their record to 4-5-2 overall and 2-2 in MAC play.
learning what it is to be a winner." said NIU field boss Marci
Miller. "We are starting to understand that to be a winner
takes every day, not only during games and practice. I really felt
like we came out flat. But, we were able to turn it around after
halftime and started to play pretty steady."
the action all day between the Zips and Huskies. Both teams had
scoring opportunities slip past them during regulation and finished
deadlocked at zero-zero.
the game broke open. In the 93rd minute freshman Jenna Clausen (Racine,
WI / Horlick) headed a ball off the crossbar and Akron remained
alive. The Zips pushed the ball into the offensive end of the field
and took four corner kicks in a row, none of them finding the net.
couldn't get a solid clear to get it up and out," said Eliadis.
When the Huskies finally cleared the ball they never gave Akron
another good scoring opportunity. Eliadis lined up for the Huskie
free kick after an Akron foul and found the back of the net after
the shot ricocheted off the Zips defensive "wall."
tried to get it on frame," Eliadis said of the shot. "If
I got it in the frame I thought we might have a chance for the rebound.
It feels good to get the win, but we still have at least seven games
left. We are a tough group and we believe in each other."
really steady," commented Miller. "[Kathryn] Sturges (Downers
Grove / South) was really steady and [Megan] Kolkay (Aurora / Waubonsie
Valley) was tough. Kelly Kelso did a good job today. She has had
back-to-back steady games for us. We are starting to learn to win."
look to extend their two-game winning streak when they travel to
Kent State University (10/7) and the University at Buffalo (10/9)