Final Home Stand on Tap for Huskies
Oct. 11, 2012
MIAMI (OHIO) REDHAWKS
The Huskies will honor four seniors Sunday afternoon against Ball State in Lauren Eberts, Shelbi Johnson, Nici Newquist and Anna Roman-Pleschko.
ABOUT MIAMI (OHIO)
Miami is the Mid-American Conference’s hottest team this season with a 12-2 record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the MAC, the best in the conference. Though their season win-loss mark is impressive, the Redhaws most-impressive stat is their 41 goals scored and to their 12 goals allowed for a plus-29 goal differential. MU’s last loss occurred Sept. 14 versus IPFW, a 1-0 loss in double overtime.
REDHAWKS TO WATCH...
Where do you start with 41 goals? The two players with eight goals thus far in Jess Kodiak and Kelsey Dinges. Kodiak boasts six assists as well for a team-leading 22 points. Kayla Zakrzewski leads MU in assists with eight, while also contributing six scores for 20 points.
ABOUT BALL STATE
BSU is 6-4-4 this year and is currently unbeaten in its last three matches. With a 3-1-2 conference record, the Cardinals are third in the MAC West and two spots ahead of the Huskies. Ball State has not left its friendly confines at Briner Sports Complex much this season, five times, and is winless away from there with a 0-2-3 mark.
CARDINALS TO WATCH...
Nicole Pembleton and Jasmine Moses have been the key scorers for the Cardinals with three goals apiece. Pembleton also has one assist to lead the team in scoring with seven total points. 10 different players have scored goals this season for BSU.
FRIDAY’S DEFENSIVE SHOWDOWN
Northern Illinois is the Mid-American Conference’s top-defense with 11 goals allowed this season. The conference’s top-two defenses, NIU and Miami, will square off Friday afternoon as MU has allowed only 12 goals. Each team also possesses a a goals against average below 0.90, with the Huskies carrying the better average at 0.81 to 0.84.
LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies played down to the wire last weekend and split their games with a 89th minute 2-1 win versus Bowling Green and a 108th minute double overtime loss to defending MAC Champion Central Michigan.
After trailing 1-0 early, NIU equalized in the 39th minute goal on Lauren Noonan’s first career goal. Over 50 minutes later with only two remaining minutes in regulation, Courtney Ksiazek scored the game-winner off of her head to lead the Huskies to a 2-1 win.
Against CMU, Northern Illinois took a 1-0 lead after earning a penalty kick in the 26th minute of play. With only 10 players on the field because of a red card at the time of the penalty, the Chippewas equalized in the 75th minute and with two minutes remaining in double overtime, CMU’s Christen Chiesa scored from just outside the top-corner of the 18-yard box for the win.
DOWN ON THE CORNER
Senior Shelbi Johnson recorded two assists last weekend off the bench in the Bowling Green match, both off corner kicks. In fact, the Huskies have scored four goals in direct correlation from corner kicks, converting against South Dakota (Sept. 16) and Loyola (Sept. 2).
DANGER ALL OVER
Four different players have two-or-more goals this season for Northern Illinois. Leading the Pack is F Cori Frankenberg, followed by D Courtney Ksiazek, M Allie McBride and F Sara Spaulding tied with two apiece.
LEADER IN THE BACKLINE
Junior defender Courtney Ksiazek is one of three players to play over 1,000 minutes. Though GK Amy Carr and D Lauren Eberts are also in the sorority, Ksiazek leads the team in minutes with 1,202. Though it is not rare a feet in the defensive third, the Naperville, Ill. native has gone the full monty in 11 of the Huskies 13 matches.
THE HUSKIES AND THE REDHAWKS
The Huskies trail the all-time series with the Redhawks, 4-10-1. NIU’s last victory occurred at home against MU in 2010 when the Huskies defeated the Redhawks in the final week of the regular season, 2-1. In DeKalb versus Miami, Northern Illinois is 3-3-1.
THE HUSKIES AND THE CARDINALS
Since the first meeting in 1999, the all-time series between Northern Illinois and Ball State is tied, 5-5-3. The Huskies snapped a four-match unbeaten streak against the Cardinals with their 3-0 loss last season. Prior to the loss NIU was 3-0-1 to BSU, including a 1-0 overtime win in 2010.
SCORING - THE ULTIMATE TEAM EFFORT
While Cori Frankenberg has been the leader in most of NIU’s offensive efforts, the team has still managed to distribute its scoring as nine different Huskies have scored goals.
SETTING AND GETTING GOALS
Goals are important in order for any team or individual to succeed. Just ask any coach or athlete that and they will echo that sentimate. In their 13 contests this fall, the Huskies have scored 15 goals and allowed 11 for a +4 goal differential. With five matches remaining in the regular season, Northern Illinois will be looking to finish 2012 with a positive goal differential for the first time since 2007 when it scored 19 and allowed 15.
DRIVE MY CARR
With five shutouts to her credit this season and only nine goals allowed in 1,170 minutes, goalkeeper Amy Carr currently owns a goals against average of 0.769. Though the defensive third is a big part as well, Carr is ranked No. 41 of 150 in the country for the lowest GAA. As a team, NIU ranks 45th of 330 in goals against average this season (0.807).
The Hemel Hempstead, England native is first in the MAC in goals against average and tied for first in shutouts. All-time at NIU, she is second in career shutouts with 14 behind Lindsay Curnock’s 25 (2006-09).
20-YEARS AND RUNNING STRONG
The Huskies began their 20th season Aug. 17 at Drake and own the honor of being the Mid-American Conference’s oldest program. When NIU kicked off against Drake, it was the Huskies 365th contest. NIU has won two MAC Championships in their time and has reached the tournament championship three times since the conference began sponsoring women’s soccer in 1997.
YOUNG FOLKS, TALKING ‘BOUT THE YOUNG STYLE
When the Huskies played their first soccer game September 5, 1993, 12 members of the team were not born yet. NIU kicked off its program with a 7-0 win over Valparaiso, coincidentally, where NIU played its first exhibition match of the 2012 season.
Northern Illinois will play its final two-match weekend next week when it heads to Kent State and Ohio Oct. 19 and 21, respectively. The Huskies close the regular season Oct. 26 at Toledo.
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