Huskie attack hits the skids as Central Michigan posts 2-0 women's soccer victory




Score by Period 1st   2nd   OT  


Central MIchigan 2 - 0 - - - 2 CMU 8-6-2 overall,
6-4-1 in the MAC
Northern Illinois 0 - 0 - - - 0 NIU 3-13-1 overall,
1-9-1 in the MAC


Scoring Summary:
CMU --- Jacquie Lacek (Ashleigh Burke assist), seven-yarder from left side off errant clearing, 16:23 Gone.
CMU --- Jacquie Lacek (Alison Heydorn, Anne Decker assists), 14-yarder from left side, 30:35 Gone.

Statistical Summary:

Statistic CMU NIU
Overall Shots 28 6
Shots on Goal 7 2
Corner Kicks 3 0
Offsides 2 2
Fouls 14 5




DeKALB, IL---Gray skies and soggy conditions combined to take away most of the enthusiasm before the Northern Illinois University women's soccer team took the field versus Central Michigan University on Friday (Oct. 24). CMU took care of the rest with two first-half goals on the way to a 2-0 victory in Mid-American Conference play.

Northern Illinois drops to 3-13-1 on the season including a 1-9-1 ledger in the conference. Central Michigan is virtually assured of a spot in the MAC tournament, climbing to 6-4-1 in the league and 8-6-2 overall.

Jacquie Lacek provided all the offense CMU needed with a pair of first-half goals, opening the scoring at 16:23. After an errant clearing attempt by a Huskie defender, Ashleigh Burke took control near the right edge of the penalty area and sent a pass across the box to Lacek near the left post. Lacek dribbled around a defender and beat Leigh Steigerwald (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) for a 1-0 lead.

Lacek added an insurance tally 14 minutes later as Alison Heydorn headed goalkeeper Anne Decker's long punt at midfield. The ball bounced to a streaking Lacek on the left sideline and the CMU forward's 14-yarder went inside the left post for a 2-0 lead at the 30:35 mark.

"The first goal was a bit of a fluke, with a missed clearing that just happens to go right to their player standing in the right spot. That's just one of those things that happen when you've had the kind of season we have," Northern Illinois coach Frank Horvat admitted. "The second goal came after we made a poor decision to serve the ball long. They caught us in transition and I give them credit for taking advantage of that opportunity and the field conditions."

CMU out-shot the Huskies 28-6 including a 16-3 margin in the final 45 minutes when the teams played to a scoreless draw after intermission. Decker tallied two saves to register her fourth shutout of the season. For Northern Illinois, Friday marks the eighth time this season Horvat's crew has failed to score although NIU has yielded only three goals in the last three contests.

"They (CMU) definitely dominated us on all air balls today," Horvat added. "They were the strongest team we've played this year in the air. There were times early when we played well and found our forwards to exploit some things but we didn't get dangerous quickly and make them pay for it. We really missed Katie Klaas today. She did good things when she was in there but if she's healthy, she could have exploited the defense more than she did."

Klaas was limited to approximately 30 minutes of action due to illness. Her condition will be evaluated prior to NIU's contest versus Eastern Michigan University on Sunday (Oct. 26). That noon contest serves as the front end of a doubleheader with the Northern Illinois men's team facing the University at Buffalo in a 2:30 p.m. match.

The 2003 campaign comes to a close Wednesday (Oct. 29) as Northern Illinois hosts the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in non-conference action, marking the final appearance for seven seniors.

-30- --- Copy by Robert Hester