NORTHERN ILLINOIS WOMEN'S SOCCER NETS FIFTH TIE OF SEASON WITH 2-2
DECISION VS KENT
DeKALB, IL - Becky Hott (DeKalb) scored a goal and added
an assist as the Huskie women's soccer team scored their second
straight tie, a 2-2 draw against Kent State University. The decision
puts the Huskie ledger at 4-3-5, 1-2-5 (8 points) in Mid-American
Conference play, while KSU is now 7-2-4, 3-2-2 (11 points) in the
"For us, while you want to win, a tie is better than a loss,"
said Frank Horvat, Northern Illinois head coach. "Obviously,
we're back, and we're playing like we did early in the season."
Kent State struck first, just 7:08 into the match, when Nikki Lichtenfeld
headed in a Britt Laing pass, giving the Golden Flashes a 1-0 lead.
That advantage would be short-lived as Hott took a Christie Ehrhardt
(Addison / Roselle Lake Park) pass and lit the lamp at the 16:09
mark to tie the game at one apiece. Northern Illinois would take
the lead into the half, as with less than four minutes remaining,
Hott and KSU keeper Alicia Fernandez collided going after a loose
ball, leaving Audra Gordon (Madison, WI / La Follette) a
clear shot to give NIU the 2-1 lead.
"I'm proud of our team, we scored a couple of nice goals, but
at the same time, we had a couple good opportunities that we let
slip away," Horvat added.
In the second half, Kimberly Dimitroff scored her 10th goal of the
season for the Flashes to even the score at 2-2 at the 53:54 point
in the game. From there, both teams had opportunities, but neither
was able to convert.
With the tie, Northern Illinois moves into sole possession of the
eighth and final position in the Mid-American Conference Championships,
holding a one-point edge over the University of Toledo with three
weeks of play remaining. "The pressure is on us in these next
four games," Horvat stated. "We can handle it."
The Huskie hot seat continues on Sunday (October 10), when they
host the University at Buffalo for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Huskie Soccer