Northern Illinois freshman Nicole Gobbo (Barlett, Ill./Bartlett) was named the Mid-American Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week following her game winner in the 77th minute at Toledo that clinched the Huskies’ MAC Tournament berth for the first time since 2010.
In only her third start and eighth appearance of the season, Gobbo scored her second goal of 2012 and her first career game winner for Northern Illinois at Toledo. It was the first win for NIU against the Rockets since Oct. 10, 2003, also a 2-1 victory.
With the match tied 1-1 and in a must-win situation at that point to continue the season, the Huskies were on the attack and a great individual effort by Gobbo lead to the Huskies victory in the 77th minute of play.
Over the last five games this season, Gobbo has been on a tear as she has recorded her two goals and assist in that time frame. Her first every goal was the match-tying goal against the conference’s top team Miami (Ohio) and her lone helper was on Kate Wirthlin’s game-winning goal at Kent State Oct. 19.
It is NIU’s second MAC Player of the Week award this season as Cori Frankenberg earned the distinction Sept. 17 following the Huskies 4-1 rout versus South Dakota. She is also the first freshman to earn since Amy Carr won the award, also in the final week of the season in 2010.
The Huskies will head Sunday, Oct. 28, to Mt. Pleasant, Mich., t0 meet Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CT.