Oct. 19, 2006
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team begins its stretch run Friday, hosting the first of three home matches to close our the regular season. MAC leader Ball State will be the Huskies' first test before Miami University comes to DeKalb on Sunday.
"This weekend is a great opportunity for our team and it will be nice to finish the regular season at home," said assistant coach Paul Jobson. "We are facing two good opponents in front of our home crowd. Any team can win at any time in the MAC."
The Huskies have won their last three consecutive Friday matches and will attempt to continue that trend against Ball State, who tops the MAC at 5-2-1 and is 10-3-3 overall. BSU holds a 3-2-2 edge in the overall series record and has won three of the last four meetings (including a 2004 tie).
"Ball State is a great team and leading the conference," Jobson said. "They have some very good players and have posted some good wins this season."
Miami enters this weekend's play with a 3-3-2 league mark and 6-7-2 overall record. The RedHawks lead the all-time series 6-2-1 and are unbeaten against NIU since 1998.
"Miami is like a lot of teams, including ours, battling for a top-eight spot and a berth in the league tournament," Jobson said.
The Huskies have knocked off three of the top six MAC teams over the past three weeks and are currently 3-5 in conference. NIU is among several teams fighting for the final few spots in the league tournament.
Friday's match against Ball State begins at 3 p.m. at the Huskie Soccer Field. Sunday's game against Miami is slated for a noon start.