NIU women's soccer wins third straight Mid-American Conference contest over Kent State





Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  


Kent State 0 - 2 - 0 - 2 KSU now 4-6-1 overall, 2-4-1 in the MAC
Northern Illinois 0 - 2 - 1 - 3 NIU now 5-6-0 overall, 3-4-0 in the MAC


Scoring Summary:
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.

Statistical Summary:

Statistics KSU NIU
Overall Shots 22 14
Shots on Goal 10 7
Corner Kicks 6 6
Offsides 0 1
Fouls 10 11


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.


After 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 (Oct. 4).


"Tiffany had a great weekend," Huskie boss Frank Horvat stated. "She has been really prepared, both mentally and physically. She gives 100% every time out."


The 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.


As 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.


"We 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.


"We 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."


The 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




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