SCORE: NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2, AKRON 0
now 3-7-1 overall, 0-5-0 in the MAC
now 4-6-0 overall, 2-4-0 in the MAC
NIU --- Tiffany Anderson (Akiko Iwabuchi, Alexis Terry assists), three-yard
tap in from right side, 48:25 Gone, 2nd Half.
NIU --- Tiffany Anderson (Alexis Terry, Anne Roman assists), eight-yard
shot from left side, 60:09 Gone, 2nd Half.
NIU WOMEN'S SOCCER POSTS SECOND-STRAIGHT SHUTOUT WITH 2-0 VICTORY OVER
DeKALB, IL - For Northern Illinois University women's soccer coach Frank
Horvat, it's a matter of quality over quantity. The Huskies were out-shot
33-10 by the visiting University of Akron, but Northern Illinois made
the most of its opportunities as it prevailed 2-0 on Friday (October 4).
at home for the first time in two weeks, the Huskies posted their second-straight
shutout to improve their overall record to 4-6-0 while getting back-to-back
Mid-American Conference victories for a 2-4-0 league ledger. The Zips
fall to 3-7-1 for the year with a 0-6-1 conference mark.
is a good win for us," Horvat said. "We've won two conference
games in a row, but we have to stay hungry for Sunday's game with Kent
teams battled back-and-fourth for the first 45 minutes as neither team
could gain an advantage. Northern Illinois' best scoring chance came on
a two-on-two break with Denise Papke (New Lenox / Lincoln-Way)
feeding Christie Ehrhardt (Addison / Roselle Lake Park), but as
the rookie beat UA keeper Meghan McCarthy she was ruled offside.
Illinois finally got one past McCarthy less than three minutes into the
second half to break a scoreless tie. Freshman Alexis Terry (Janesville,
WI / Craig) served a ball to midfielder Akiko Iwabuchi (Urawa City,
Japan / Barrington) who slide the ball past McCarthy to forward Tiffany
Anderson (Libertyville) who tapped it in for the first score.
really picked it up in the second half," Horvat added. "We weren't
asleep in the first half, but we didn't play our best. The last two weeks
we've worked on our speed of play and finding our targets. In the second
half we got into seams and between defenders and we caused some problems."
was the beneficiary of good passing 12 minutes later as she added an insurance
goal. This time Anne Roman (DeKalb) fed Terry and she worked the
ball to Anderson as she chalked up her second score of the game with an
eight-yard shot from the right side. Coming into Friday's contest, Anderson's
only two shots and netted no results while her next three resulted in
has always been a utility player for us," Horvat noted. "She
understands all the roles so we can put her anywhere. The thing about
Tiffany is that she's intense and she plays hard. On her second goal she
turned one of their players just enough to get the shot off. Some of our
girls might have done it more gracefully, but Tiffany works at it and
got the job done."
pair of scores is all goalkeeper Leigh Steigerwald (Ft. Lauderdale,
FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) would need to record her second shutout in a
row. The first Huskie goalie to post back-to-back shutouts since Julie
Bergstrom blanked five opponents in a row during the 1997 campaign, Steigerwald
stopped all six shots she faced.
Illinois has little time to celebrate as it gets right back on Huskie
Soccer Field Sunday (October 6). The Huskies play host to Kent State University
at 2:30 p.m.
by Michael Smoose