NIU Women's Soccer 'Learning To Win,' In Overtime Victory Against Akron



October 2, 2005

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NIU Women's 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.

"We are 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."

Steady described 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.

In overtime 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.

"We just 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."

"I just 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."

"We played 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."

The Huskies look to extend their two-game winning streak when they travel to Kent State University (10/7) and the University at Buffalo (10/9) this week.