Huskies Head to Ohio for Bouts with Flashes and Bobcats

GO HUSKIES NIU is hoping to seperate itself from Ohio, the eighth-place team and final seed in the MAC Tournament, this weekend
GO HUSKIES
NIU is hoping to seperate itself from Ohio, the eighth-place team and final seed in the MAC Tournament, this weekend
GO HUSKIES

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Oct. 18, 2012

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES
Date:
Friday, October 19, 2012
Time:
3 p.m.
Location:
Kent, Ohio

OHIO BOBCATS
Date:
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Time:
Noon
Location:
DeKalb, Ill.

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The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois2
Kent State3
October 9, 2011
Kent, Ohio
Huskies and Golden Flashes Engage in Offensive Thriller; Fall 3-2
Trailing 1-0 after the opening 45 minutes of play, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team scored two goals to assume the lead in the first five minutes of the second half over Kent State. The Golden Flashes would strike twice in the final four minutes of play to defeat NIU, 3-2.

The Last Meeting
Ohio2
Northern Illinois1
October 2, 2011
DeKalb, Ill.
Gutsy Second Half Performance Not Enough For Northern Illinois
Sophomore Samantha Hill scored her first career goal to rally the Northern Illinois women's soccer team and equalize the match with Ohio, 1-1, with 30 minutes remaining. The Bobcats struck back nearly two minutes later to recapture the lead and defeat NIU, 2-1.

ABOUT KENT STATE
The No. 3 squad in the Mid-American Conference, Kent State, owns a  10-3-2 record along with a 5-2-1 conference register, winning five of it’s last six matches. The Golden Flashes posted big results last weekend in Michigan, defeating Western Michigan 1-0 in overtime and throttling former MAC West leader Eastern Michigan, 3-0. The team’s only draw in conference play was at Bowling Green Sept. 23, 0-0. KSU has outscored its opponents, 30-14.

FLASHES TO WATCH...
Jaclyn Dutton has accumulated 32 points thus far on 14 goals and four assists with three matches remaining in the regular season. She is the only player in the MAC with a hat trick this season. Goalkeeper Stephanie Senn has been brilliant between the sticks with six shutouts and all 10 of the Golden Flashes victories.

ABOUT OHIO
Ohio sits similarly to NIU with an overall record of 7-7-1 and 2-4-1 in the Mid-American Conference and is currently on a two-match skid. The Bobcats fell to Eastern Michigan (2-1) last weekend and prior to that, fell to Buffalo (1-0). The team was looking to snap their spell versus Western Michigan Sunday with its 1-0 lead, but with inclement weather lingering, the game was cancelled in the 67th minute and did not count as it did not reach the NCAA mandated 70 minutes to be ruled official. OU’s last victory was Oct. 5 versus Akron, 3-2. Ohio had a good run in non-conference play and the first match of MAC play, winning six-straight matches and outscoring its opponents, 8-1.

BOBCATS TO WATCH…
Cat Rogers, as she was last season for Ohio, is the Bobcats leading scorer with five goals and four assists. In net, Mattie Liston has posted five clean sheets, a 6-6-1 record and carries a 1.17 goals against average in 14 appearances.

STAYIN’ ALIVE
With eight points to their credit on two wins and two draws, the Huskies sit in seventh place in the Mid-American Conference, one point ahead of Ohio for the final spot in the MAC Tournament. Kent State sits third in the MAC with its 16 points, behind Miami (Ohio) (24 points) and Central Michigan (21 points). The quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament will begin Oct. 28 at a to be determined site.

DOWN ON THE CORNER
Senior Shelbi Johnson recorded two assists two weeks ago off the bench in the Bowling Green match, both on 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).

LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies played a pair of tough matches last weekend, hosting Miami (Ohio) and Ball State, falling in both matches in NIU’s final home contests of the season.

Against the MAC’s top team, the Redhawks, Northern Illinois found itself in a 2-0 deficit 25 minutes into the match, but Shelbi Johnson’s goal in the 43rd minute of play to cut the lead at halftime, 2-1. Nicole Gobbo equalized in the 67th minute with a great individual one-on-three effort, 2-2. However, Miami would claim victory with five seconds left in the match when Kelsey Dinges headed in a corner kick for the 3-2 victory.

Against Ball State, Northern Illinois was slow out of the gate and allowed the Cardinals to score on a failed defensive clearance in the ninth minute. Play was halted in the 25th minute for 71 minutes due to thunder, lightning and a tornado warning in the area. Following the delay, the Huskies picked up their pace and pressued well in the second half but were unable to equalize the match and fell to BSU, 1-0.

DANGER ALL OVER
Five different players have two-or-more goals this season for Northern Illinois. Leading the Pack is F Cori Frankenberg with four goals, followed by F Shelbi Johnson, 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 six players to play over 1,000 minutes this season. Ksiazek leads the team in minutes with 1,382. Though it is not rare a feet in the defensive third, the Naperville, Ill. native has gone the full monty in 13 of the Huskies 15 matches.

THE HUSKIES AND THE GOLDEN FLASHES
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Golden Flashes, 7-5-3. NIU dominated the front end of the series by winning the first five contests ever in the series between 1997-2002. It was in that span, 2002, that the Huskies last won at Kent State, a 3-2 overtime victory. Northern Illinois’ last win in the series occurred in the 2006 MAC Tournament, a 1-0 victory.

THE HUSKIES AND THE BOBCATS
Since the first meeting in 1997, Northern Illinois leads the all-time series with Ohio, 9-8-2. The Bobcats have a three-match series winning streak against the Huskies, winning twice in DeKalb and once as host. NIU won the six previous meetings, including conference tournament play, between the two teams between 2005 and 2008. The Huskies last win in Athens occurred in 2007, 1-0 triumph in the regular season.

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 10 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 15 contests this fall, the Huskies have scored 17 goals and allowed 15 for a +2 goal differential. With three 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 14 goals allowed in 1,350 minutes, goalkeeper Amy Carr currently owns a goals against average of 0.93. Though the defensive third is a big part as well, Carr is ranked No. 85 of 150 in the country for the lowest GAA. As a team, NIU ranks 81st of 330 in goals against average this season (0.959).

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.

NEXT UP
Northern Illinois will close its season Thursday Oct. 26 when it heads to Toledo to take on the Rockets in the regular season finale a 2 p.m. CT.


 

 

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