Eight yards from net and in the center of the box, junior Cori Frankenberg notched Northern Illinois’ game-winning goal in the 48th minute of play Sunday to lead the Huskies past SIU Edwardsville, 1-0.
The win is NIU’s first of the season (1-1-0), the first of Head Coach John Ross’ career and also snapped the Huskies eight-match winless streak.
“I was very pleased with our play today. The ladies came ready to play and they got the job done,” said a jubilant Ross after the game. “We stayed very organized and did a great job of keeping possession during the first half and finding avenues to pressure and shoot in the attacking third towards the end of the half.”
The two teams were deadlocked 0-0 in the first half and combined for only four shots (3-1 NIU), none of which were on frame. Junior center back Courtney Ksiazek totaled two of the Huskies three shots, sailing one high and heading one wide of the post.
2:39 after the start of the second period, Frankenberg made a great individual effort 10-yards deep into the 18-yard box and drew first blood to put Northern Illinois ahead of the Cougars (0-2-0) in the contest, 1-0.
“Cori’s effort on the goal was tremendous. We were disciplined through the field in the plays leading up to her goal,” Ross added.
With 42 minutes left to defend its lead, the NIU defense did its job to stymy the SIUE attack, which increased its shot total to five. Goalkeeper Amy Carr made three saves in the half and with the help of the back line, successfully defended four of the Cougars corner kicks in the half.
Northern Illinois returns to action Friday, Aug. 31, when it hosts Illinois State (1-0-1) in the Huskies home opener, beginning at 4 p.m. at NIU Soccer Complex. NIU will follow up with Loyola at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.