SCORE: NORTHERN ILLINOIS 3, KENT STATE 2 (2OT)
now 4-6-1 overall, 2-4-1 in the MAC
now 5-6-0 overall, 3-4-0 in the MAC
KSU --- Lauren Covay (Ashley Bohinc
assist), 54:36 Gone, 2nd Half.
NIU --- Tiffany Anderson (Chanelle Crosby assist), 61:34 Gone, 2nd Half.
NIU --- Katie Kieffer (Jamie Figura assist), 76:59 Gone, 2nd Half.
KSU --- Lauren Covay (unassisted), 79:22 Gone, 2nd Half.
NIU --- Katie Klaas (unassisted),104:19 Gone, 2nd Overtime.
NIU WOMEN'S SOCCER WINS THIRD STRAIGHT MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE CONTEST
OVER KENT STATE
DeKALB, IL - Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. For the
Northern Illinois University women's soccer team, they needed to be lucky
and good to score a 3-2 double overtime victory over Kent State University.
The win was Northern Illinois' third consecutive victory, moving them
to 5-6-0 on the season and 3-4-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden
Flashes fall to 4-6-1 overall, and 2-4-1 in the MAC.
playing to a scoreless tie in the first 45 minutes, the action kicked
off 54:36 into the game, as Kent State's Lauren Covay put an Ashley Bohinc
pass into the back of the net, giving the Flashes a 1-0 lead. Northern
Illinois bounced right back seven minutes later, as Tiffany Anderson
(Libertyville) notched her third goal of the season off a Chanelle
Crosby (Englewood, CA / Littleton Arapahoe) pass to deadlock the game.
The goal was not only Anderson's third of the season, but third of the
weekend, as she scored twice in NIU's 2-0 victory over Akron on Friday
had a great weekend," Huskie boss Frank Horvat stated. "She
has been really prepared, both mentally and physically. She gives 100%
every time out."
Huskies continued to attack and Katie Kieffer (Rockford / Christian
Life) took a Jamie Figura (Wheaton / Warrenville-South) pass on
the left side and put it past the keeper at the 76:59 mark to give NIU
the advantage. It didn't even take KSU's Lauren Covay three minutes to
net the equalizer, a ten-yard shot from center with 79:22 gone.
regulation ended, a front passed through Huskie Soccer Field, producing
wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour. Northern Illinois took the wind at
their backs for the first extra session, and used it to their advantage,
producing three scoring opportunites, but could not put anything past
Kent State's Lindsay Mitchell. Then, in the second extra frame, junior
forward Katie Klaas (Cherry Valley / Rockford Christian Life) scored
the golden goal, an improbable 28-yard shot from center that found it's
way through the crowd and into the right-hand corner of the net. The goal
was Klaas' second of the season.
haven't gotten breaks like that for three years," Horvat stated.
The win is the third straight for Northern Illinois in the Mid-American
Conference and the Huskies third straight home victory. The last time
Northern Illinois won three straight matches was 1998, when NIU won three
straight MAC tournament games to garner the league title.
are putting the time into our training sessions and the team is applying
that to the games," Horvat said. "We have worked hard on the
field and they have shown that they really want to win."
Huskies will try to reach the .500-mark for the first time since 1998
when they head to Chicago on Thursday (Oct. 10) for a 7:30 match against
the Ramblers of Loyola University. NIU will then try to even its Mid-American
Conference ledger next Sunday (Oct. 13) with a 2:30 kickoff against Western
Michigan University at Huskie Soccer Field.
-Copy by Matthew Baylor