The Northern Illinois women’s soccer team will wrap up its non-conference schedule with a pair of home contests this weekend when the Huskies host SIU-Edwardsville today and Green Bay come Sunday, Sept. 19.
The Cardinal and Black will kick-off the weekend at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex at 4 p.m. today against the Cougars, before celebrating 2010 Senior Day at the Huskies’ 1 p.m. Sunday contest against Green Bay.
“It is a special weekend for many reasons,” said NIU head women’s soccer coach Carrie Barker. “We have two more opportunities to compete before conference play.”
In the first match-up of the weekend, the Huskies (2-3-0) will look to snap the Cougars six-game unbeaten streak as they face Southern Illinois Edwardsville (5-0-1) for just the second time in program history. In the first meeting, the Huskies edged out SIUE in a 1-0 overtime victory Sept. 11, 2009, at Korte Stadium.
NIU will then host Green Bay in its final non-conference match Sunday before opening Mid-American Conference play. Green Bay (2-2-2) enters the weekend after splitting games last weekend, recording a 4-0 win over Northern Iowa, before dropping a 1-0 decision to South Dakota State. The Huskies hold a 6-5-2 all-time advantage, with a 4-2-0 record, at home against the Phoenix.
“This class is unique and special. They’re great role models both in the classroom and on the field,” Barker said.
Prior to Sunday’s whistle, five seniors will be honored fo their hard work as Huskies during the past few years. They include:
- Kaitlin Bujak (Palatine, IL/St. Viator)
- Kylie Revelle (Olathe, KS/South)
- Christen Schuler (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley)
- Mo Smunt (St. Charles, IL/East)
- Annie Wyer (Geneva, IL/Community).
The Huskies will take action on the road next weekend when they travel to Toledo, Ohio, to open MAC play Friday, Sept. 24, against the Rockets. NIU will return home for the first match of a three-game homestand Sunday, Sept. 26, when the Huskies face Ball State at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
For more information on NIU women’s soccer and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.