Central Michigan jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, and NIU could not find a way to get on the scoreboard. With the loss, the Huskies are now 4-8-2 on the season with a 2-3-1 record in the Mid-American Conference.
NIU continues its struggles on the road with a 0-7-1 record now in away games.
“We have to be more prepared for the challenge of playing on the road,” said head coach John Ross. “It’s a matter of matching the home team’s intensity.”
The Huskies had a rough start in Mount Pleasant.
In the first minute of the game, they found themselves behind 1-0 when opposing forward Laura Gosse scored to give the Chippewas a quick lead. Gosse struck again in the sixth minute, giving CMU a 2-0 lead. The early scoring didn’t stop there, as in the ninth minute, the Chippewas’ Nicole Samuel scored to give her team a 3-0 lead.
Past that point however, NIU played much better defensively. The Huskies did not allow a goal for the remainder of the game, facing nine shots (four on goal) over the last 81 minutes of play. “We played better in the second half,” Ross said. “It’s a recurring thing with us.”
On offense, the Huskies created some opportunities with their 11 shots and seven shots on goal, but they couldn’t connect a shot with the back of the net to get on the board. Huskies were sharing opportunities well in the game, with seven different players attempt a shot.
NIU has just two road games left in the regular season, both of which take place this weekend. On Friday, Oct. 18, the Huskies will travel to Miami (Ohio) for an afternoon affair at 3 p.m. NIU will head to Ball State for a game at noon Sunday, Oct. 20.
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