Oct. 20, 2011
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DEKALB, Ill. - After a close weekend against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team (2-12-2, 1-7-0 MAC) will play its final road matches of the regular season, playing at Miami (Ohio) Oct. 21 and at Bowling Green Oct. 23. The Huskies will be looking for their first win in Oxford since 1998 and win a second-straight match in Bowling Green.
LAST TIME OUT
Northern Illinois had a pair of matches against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex last weekend, fighting hard with both teams and creating chances against both teams, but fell 1-0 in both contests.
Against EMU, NIU surrendered the lone goal of the match in the 38th minute, when Chelsea Detrick shot a one-timer on a pass from Bianca Rossi to lift the Eagles 1-0 over the Huskies. Northern Illinois created chances for itself, led by Kelsey Passaglia who recorded two shots in the second half, heading a cross just wide of the right post and lifting a shot above the crossbar, that would've been an equalizer.
Versus Central Michigan, the Mid-American Conference's top-team and defending conference champion, the Huskies played brilliantly - attacking the Chippewas and controlling the ball in the midfield. Though CMU outshot NIU 18-to-7, the Huskies took more high-percentage shots and pressured the keeper inside the 18-yard box. Estee Outcalt of Central Michigan scored the game winner in the 57th minute to defeat the Huskies, 1-0.
RATTLING THE CAGE
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team on six different occasions this season has had shots "rattle the cage," better known as hitting the crossbar or the post in 2011. In their last four home matches, the Huskies have had four shots deflect off the posts, including one off the cross bar and post against Ohio Oct. 2.
Miami has not tied this season and is 8-7-0, 3-5 in conference play, in 2011. Last weekend, the Redhawks snapped a five-match winless streak with wins at Ohio (2-1 OT) and Akron (3-0) to earn their first conference victories since winning at Kent State (2-1) on Sept. 23, MU's first conference match of the season.
Scoring goals has not been an issue for Miami this season as they have accounted for 27, tied for the second-most in the Mid-American Conference this season. Jess Kodiak and Kayla Zakrzewski each have seven goals this season, closely followed by Katy Dolesh, who has scored six. Kodiak leads the team in points with 18, accounting for four assists, along with her seven goals.
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green currently owns a 5-12 record this season and is 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference this season. The Falcons are on a three-match winless streak, falling on the road to Central Michigan (2-1), Akron (1-0) and Ohio (2-0) and have dropped six of their last seven contests.
Alyssa Zuccaro has been the the go-to scorer for Bowling Green with five goals in the Falcons 17 matches this season. Seven other players have all scored one goal this season. In assists, Sarah VonderBrink leads the squad with four this season and is second on the squad in scoring with six points.
THE HUSKIES AND REDHAWKS
NIU has met MU every year since 1997, and surprisingly, has never met the Redhawks in the postseason. All-time, Northern Illinois trails Miami in the series, 4-9-1. The Huskies snatched a win last year against Miami in DeKalb, a 2-1 victory that ended a three-year losing streak against the Redhawks. On the road, Northern Illinois has not defeated the Redhawks in Oxford since 1998, a 2-1 double overtime win off a Jane Mucci goal in the 119th minute.
THE HUSKIES AND THE FALCONS
The Huskies have the upper hand against the Falcons in the all-time series with an 8-6-0 series lead. This will be Head Coach Carrie Barker's first trip to Bowling Green for a match, as the Falcons have come to DeKalb to play NIU each of the last three seasons. In the last four contests, Northern Illinois is 3-0-1, last dropping a match in 2006 to the Falcons (1-0).
Northern Illinois will close the regular season Thursday Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. against Western Michigan.