Oct. 4, 2007
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team will make its home MAC debut this weekend, hosting Kent State Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and Buffalo Sunday at 11 a.m. NIU enters the weekend at 4-3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play after splitting its trip to Bowling Green and Toledo last weekend. Friday's match against the Golden Flashes will air live on WLBK (1360-AM).
After leading the team in goals a year ago, senior forward Karen Enockson (St. Charles, Ill./East) has regained her scoring touch by finding the back of the net in each of the last three matches, including a two-goal performance that helped the Huskies to a 3-2 victory at Bowling Green in their MAC opener. Enockson now has 17 career goals, good for sixth place on the NIU career list.
"We are glad to be back home this weekend to face two very good teams," associate head coach Paul Jobson said. "We've been able to score some goals lately and are playing well defensively. The key is to stay consistent. On any given day in the MAC any team can beat any other team, so we'll need to be focused and prepared and then go out and play well to have a chance to win."
NIU's victory over the Falcons last Friday, marked its first road win of the season as well as the school's first victory in a MAC opener since 2004 and first triumph over BGSU since 2002.
The Huskies have scored seven of their 10 season goals over the past three games and remain among the MAC leaders in goals against, ranking third at 0.94. NIU owns a 3-1-1 home record so far this season.
Kent State, who placed sixth in the MAC last season, enters the weekend with a 3-5-1 overall mark and a 1-1 league record. Kimberly Dimitroff is tied for fourth in goals, with Enockson among others, at four. NIU topped the Golden Flashes, 2-0, last season in DeKalb and are 5-0-1 on its home turf and 7-3-1 all-time against KSU.
Buffalo brings a 3-6-1 overall record and 0-2 league mark into its weekend matches. Goalkeeper Amy Coron leads the MAC in saves with 6.10 per game. The Bulls own a 7-3-0 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last two meetings, including a 2-1 outcome last season in DeKalb.