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Check out this week vs Ball State
Watch for Drew Plitt’s celebration at the end of the article. Maybe we can all throw beers “if” Balls Tate scores.

As always, let us know what you think.
10-04-2019 01:39 PM
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(10-04-2019 01:39 PM)HeadoftheHuskie Wrote:  Watch for Drew Plitt’s celebration at the end of the article. Maybe we can all throw beers “if” Balls Tate scores.

As always, let us know what you think.

Speaking of beers, Saturday is NIU SOC-TOBERFEST.


Huskies Host No. 10 Saint Mary’s Saturday Night
Contest marks first visit to DeKalb by a top-10 team in seven seasons

Quote:DEKALB, IL – The Northern Illinois University men's soccer team begins a three-game homestand this Saturday night (Oct. 5) as the Huskies welcome 10th-ranked Saint Mary's (CA) to the NIU Soccer Complex, kickoff against the Gaels is slated for 7 p.m. Admission for all Huskie soccer games is free of charge.

Saturday's contest is NIU's Soc-Tobertfest with $5 16-ounce beers and bratwursts available from the concession stand. The visit from the Gaels will be the first time a top-10 opponent has come to DeKalb since third-ranked Akron on October 13, 2012.

"It is a great opportunity to come straight over from the football game, keep your Saturday going strong and hopefully we can put on a good performance for the crowd," said NIU head coach Ryan Swan. "These are the games you want. We want our season to go into late November where you see new teams that you haven't seen, so this will be a good yard stick for us.

"We would love to have a good crowd because when people are here, and they are loud, it really does help. Just as we saw at UIC on Tuesday, they had a great crowd and really got behind their team."

NIU (4-5-1) saw its four-match win streak end on Tuesday night (Oct. 1) when the Huskies fell at UIC. Sophomore Anthony Markanich (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) scored his second goal of the season against the Flames, the sixth of his collegiate career. Junior Carlos Valdez (Houston, Texas/Richland College) recorded his first career assist on the Markanich goal.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marin Sanchez (Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) made a season-high seven saves on Tuesday night against the Flames. Sanchez, who has started five consecutive matches between the posts, has a 0.89 goals against average and a .800 save percentage.

Saint Mary's travels to DeKalb with an 8-1 overall record after downing Sacramento State, 4-0, last Sunday (Sept. 29). The Gaels had climbed as high as No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches Rankings before suffering their lone blemish of the season against UC Davis (Sept. 26). That loss snapped a 31-match unbeaten streak for Saint Mary's that dated back to the 2017 season.

Anders Engebretsen leads the Gaels with eight goals and six assists, Joseph Restani has added another six goals this season for Saint Mary's. Remi Prieur has played all nine matches in goal for the Gaels, posting a 1.00 goals against average and a .743 save percentage.

"They were one of the premier teams in the country last year, obviously not losing a game, and they are off to a great start this year, so we are playing a very good team," said Swan. "They have some high-level players and, from what we have seen, they are very well-organized and dangerous. We are excited for it, this is the type of challenge we want to have, we want the guys to have, and we are looking forward to welcoming them to DeKalb."

Saturday's match will be the third all-time between the Huskies and Gaels, the two teams split the previous two meetings with NIU winning the most recent, 2-1, on September 22, 2013 in Evanston, Ill., as part of the Northwestern Lakeside Classic.

Following Saturday's game, NIU will continue its homestand on Tuesday night, October 8, as Eastern Illinois comes to DeKalb. Game time against the Panthers is scheduled for 6 p.m.


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