NIU Women's Soccer Says 'Goodbye' To Seniors With 2-1 Loss to Western Michigan



October 28, 2005

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NIU Women's Soccer Says 'Goodbye' To Seniors With 2-1 Loss to Western Michigan

DeKalb, IL - Northern Illinois University's women's soccer team dropped its eighth Mid-American Conference game falling to Western Michigan University 2-1 in Friday's (Oct. 28) season finale.

NIU bid farewell to eight seniors with a ceremony honoring the players and their parents. The Huskies kept the game tied at one goal apiece until the Broncos scored with just under three minutes remaining in the game to grab their 10th victory of the season.

"The seniors have a lot of character and integrity," said head coach Marci Miller. "They have worked hard all year long and have been the reason why this team has good chemistry. I feel like this year we accomplished a lot of things, given the short amount of time we had with these girls."

Western Michigan jumped out to an early lead when Katie Ruzinsky scored off a penalty kick in the 13th minute. NIU bounced back from the penalty and continued to apply pressure on the WMU.

"As we have developed over the season, we have embraced more of a pressure style of play and I think that you will see more of that next year," said Miller. "I like playing high pressure and I think that is what you will see more of from the Huskies in the future."

NIU tied the game at 1-1 when Elaine Eliadis (Orland Park / Carl Sandburg) scored her fourth goal of the season in the 22nd minute off of a free kick. It looked as though the two teams were deadlocked and bound for overtime until Mandi Marsh found the back of the net off of two well-played balls from Andrea Tyler and Thalia Playford.

The loss ended NIU's season and the Huskies said goodbye to eight seniors. The future is bright for Northern Illinois and first-year coach Marci Miller.

"We are getting some good kids coming in that are fast and athletic. Everyone always wants to get to step four without doing 1-2-3," said Miller. "The MAC championships is step four and you have to do 1-3 to get there. The foundation is there and girls know the work they have to do get their in the future."

The Huskies end the season with a 5-11-2 record overall and a 3-8-0 MAC record. Next up for the Huskies is the arduous task of preparing for next season.

(For further information, please contact Daniel Solow) -NIU-