Huskies Return Home to Play Under the Lights

GO HUSKIES Jess Wooldridge
GO HUSKIES
Jess Wooldridge
GO HUSKIES

Oct. 24, 2013

Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com

Ohio Bobcats
Date: Sunday, October 27
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com

ABOUT KENT STATE
Kent State is having a solid season. The team sits at fifth in the MAC with a 5-3-0 conference record, and they still have an outside shot at first place depending on how the rest of the season goes. Head Coach Rob Marinaro has been with Kent State for 17 years now, 13 at the head coaching position. He's a two-time MAC Couch of the Year and has won over 100 games during his career.

GOLDEN SCORING THREAT
Jessacca Gironda has been on a scoring tear all season. She leads the team in goals with 10, including one three-goal performance (Sept. 29 against Bowling Green). She has also scored the game-winning goal in five of the 10 Kent State victories this season.

ABOUT OHIO
The Ohio Bobcats have a 2-3-3 MAC record so far, which puts them one point ahead of the Huskies. The Bobcats have played a lot of close games lately, with six of their last seven games being decided by one goal or fewer (1-3-3). Aaron Rodgers heads the coaching staff for Ohio in his first season at the position. Rodgers has been a head coach or assistant coach for several teams and organizations during his 18-year career.

BALANCED BOBCAT ATTACK
The Bobcats are dangerous because they have several players that possess the ability to score. A total of six players have scored at least two goals this season, five scoring three goals. The balanced attack complemented with a solid defense that has allowed 19 goals this season has allowed Ohio to produce a +3 goal differential this season.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS
NIU is 8-5-3 all time record against Kent State. In 2012, the Huskies traveled beat the Golden Flashes 1-0 in a road affair. The Huskies have a 9-9-2 record against Ohio during the program's history, but NIU has dropped the last four games in the series, including last season's 1-0 loss on the road.


 

 

LAST TIME ON HUSKIES WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies went 0-1-1 last weekend in two road games, the last road games of the regular season. The first was a 2-0 loss against 2012 MAC Champion Miami (Ohio). On the following Sunday, October 20, NIU took on Ball State. Jess Wooldridge added some heroics for the Huskies with two goals, but the team couldn't find a third score to get a victory, and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

ALL OF THE LIGHTS
The Huskies are going to play their first night game at home this season. Just recently, the NIU Soccer Complex had lights installed to make play at night possible. To celebrate the first night game for women's soccer, the first 200 fans in attendance will receive scarf, courtesy of NIU Athletics.

DEFENDING THE HOME TURF
The Huskies have done their best work this season when playing in front of the home crowd. NIU is currently 4-0-1 at home this season, allowing just three goals in the five home games. The Huskies were also able to claim their first double-overtime victory in the MAC this season against Buffalo, winning 2-1 on Sunday, October 6.

BLACK AND RED IN NOVEMBER
In the current MAC standings, the Huskies are eighth in the conference. They're just one point ahead of Akron and Toledo currently. Luckily for the Huskies, they'll face Toledo to close the season, giving the team an opportunity to control its own destiny. Ohio is only one point ahead of NIU, so the Huskies could move up a seed with a win against the Bobcats on Sunday.

NEXT TIME FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
The regular season is almost over. The last remaining game will be against Toledo on Halloween (Thursday, October 31). That game will be in the afternoon at 2 p.m.