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.
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."
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.
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
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."
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
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