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OCTOBER 30, 2004

HUSKIES CLOSE OUT 2004 SEASON WITH 2-0 LOSS AT UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

MADISON, WI - Northern Illinois' women's soccer team dropped its final match of the season, a 2-0 decision to Big Ten Conference foe Wisconsin on Saturday (October 30). With the loss, Frank Horvat's Huskies close out the season 6-7-5, while the Badgers enter the Big Ten Tournament with a 15-4-1 mark. The Huskies lost their final four matches of the season.

The Badgers did not disappoint a Senior Day crowd of 325 with a pair of seniors scoring in the first frame. In the tenth minute, Huskie keeper Carrie Dvorak (Granger, IN / Marian) made the initial save off an Amy Vermeulen shot, but before she could scoop up the rebound, Sarah Capel punched it into the net, giving Wisconsin the 1-0 lead. The Badgers would add an insurance goal at 30:50, when a Katy Lindenmuth corner kick was deflected by Kara Babellis to a waiting Molly Meuer, who scored her fourth goal of the season.

From there, the Huskie defense tightened the reins, weathering a flurry of Badger shots. Dvorak made nine saves in her 18th consecutive complete game, playing every second of the season. Wisconsin's 25 shots ties a season-high for Huskie opponents, matching the quarter-century of shots taken by Ohio, Ball State and Western Michigan earlier this season.

Wisconsin completed their non-conference season with a perfect 10-0 mark, ending the Huskies bid to finish at or above .500 for the first time since 1998. Northern Illinois, however, completes a 5 1/2 game improvement from 3-15-1 one year ago (NCAA rules do not count ties in record improvement statistics).



 

 

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