Oct. 18, 2007
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team will take to the road for the second consecutive weekend, wrapping a four-game swing away from DeKalb with matches Friday at Ohio (3 p.m. CT) and Sunday at Akron (noon CT). NIU went 0-1-1 last weekend, including a tie at MAC leader Ball State.
The Huskies (5-5-3, 2-3-1) are in seventh-place in the MAC entering the back half of conference play. Ohio (4-1-1, 4-6-3) enters the weekend in third and Akron (1-3-2, 6-4-4) is eighth with five league games remaining.
"We'll face two tough teams in two difficult places to play," head coach Marci Miller Jobson said. "It's the MAC and anything can happen. I'm confident in our team and what we bring to both matches."
NIU goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) recorded her 10th career shutout last Friday at Ball State and moved into a tie for the school's all-time record. Curnock and strong play from the defenders, led by senior Katie Sturges (Downers Grove, Ill./South), has helped the Huskies to a team goals against average of 0.93, the third-lowest in the MAC this season.
Offensively, NIU is paced by Karen Enockson (St. Charles, Ill./East), who has eight points on four goals this season, and Jestina Orlando (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South/North Dakota State), who has seven points on three goals and an assist in her first year as a Huskie.
"Ohio is one of the tops teams in the MAC and it will be a big weekend for them because they have a lot on the line," Jobson said. "We went into Akron last year in a similar position and faced a tough team that never quit in a tough place to play."
The Huskies recorded a pair of road shutout victories against Ohio last season, including a 2-0 triumph in the first round of the MAC Tournament. NIU owns a five-match unbeaten streak against the Bobcats that dates back to 2002 and leads the all-time series 6-5-2.
Despite leading 4-2-0 in the all-time series against Akron, NIU will be seeking its first road victory against the Zips since 2001 after dropping a 1-0 decision last season.