The Northern Illinois women’s soccer team will continue Mid-American Conference play this weekend when the Huskies host Buffalo and Kent State in a pair of weekend contests at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
NIU will host the Bulls at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, before facing the Golden Flashes at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.
NIU (5-4-0, 1-1-0 MAC) continues conference play after splitting a pair of games against Toledo and Ball State last weekend. In the Huskies’ conference opener, NIU fell Sept. 24 to Toledo on the road but quickly bounced back to record a 1-0 overtime victory Sept. 26 over Ball State at home.
The Huskies’ saw their first MAC win of the season against the Cardinals, when senior Kylie Revelle (Olathe, KS/South) hit a header into the back of the net to score her first goal of the season. The win was the third-straight victory at home for the Huskies, who hold a 4-1-0 record in DeKalb this season.
Northern Illinois has recorded four shutouts at home, allowing just one goal in five games. The Huskies have earned a .466 shot on goal percentage, while holding their opponents to only 15 shots on goal, a 0.294 SOG percentage. The Huskies also hold a 26-9 cornerkick advantage over their opponents on their home turf.
“We’re looking forward to playing in front of our home fans this weekend,” said Northern Illinois women’s soccer head coach Carrie Barker. “It would be nice to get a good vocal crowd out to support the team. Sometimes a good crowd can be like a 12th man.”
Entering the weekend, the Northern Illinois defense ranks second in the conference in both goals allowed (10) and shutouts (4) while owning a goals against average of 1.11 that places NIU fourth in the league. Freshman Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend) leads the Huskies defensively as she ranks first in the MAC with four shutouts and a 0.44 shutouts per game average. Carr holds a 1.02 GAA that places her fourth on the MAC list.
Buffalo (1-9-0, 0-2-0 MAC) enters the weekend after suffering a pair of losses against Bowling Green and Miami. Buffalo and Northern Illinois have both proven to be strong forces defensively, as the Bulls enter the weekend ranked second in the conference in saves (60), led by goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon who sits second in the league with 53 saves. The Huskies enter the match with a 7-5-2 all-time record against the Bulls
Sunday’s contest against Kent State (1-5-3, 0-2-0 MAC) will conclude a 10-game road swing for the Golden Flashes. KSU will face the Huskies after falling to Bowling Green and Miami last weekend. Jessice Gironda leads the Kent State offense with 12 points on five goals and two assists, to place sixth in the MAC. Gironda’s five goals is the fourth most by an individual in the conference. The Huskies are 6-1-1 against the Golden Flashes in DeKalb.
Following this weekend’s contests, the Huskies will take MAC action on the road for four-straight contests. The Huskies will kick-off the road swing Friday, Oct. 8, against Akron in Akron, Ohio.
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