Women’s soccer looks to build upon disappointing season

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Women’s soccer looks to build upon disappointing season

Marcel Carrasco

Judging the Huskies’ Women’s Soccer program by their record would not provide a proper evaulation. With only one game left in the season, the Huskies lay low with a 2-16 record.

However, there’s more to the Mid-American Conference’s last place team than expected.

The Huskies have two victories, both being at home. Their overall home record is 2-6, including the last home game victory over Central Michigan University Oct. 14. The Huskies have scored nine goals so far, seven of those in home matches. NIU opened up the scoring in three of those matches, winning two.

The Huskies conceded 15 goals in all home matches; however, they lost four of the six home games by one goal. A disappointing 0-5 loss to the University of Buffalo Bulls Sept. 21 skewed the statistics, however, the Huskies held the game scoreless throughout the first half before the Bulls broke the deadlock.

NIU totaled 72 shots on goal in all eight home matches, putting 39 on target. The Huskies put up more than 10 shots in five games, while also placing more than five shots on frame in each of those.

With one more game left in the season, the Huskies would have played 19 total games. As it stands, in the eight home games played, the Huskies have shot more than half the total shots this season, compared to the 71 shots in 10 away matches. In those 71 matches, NIU tallied 32 shots on target.

Junior forward Abby Gregg has been the offensive leader for the Huskies this season. Gregg has tallied 27 total shots in 2018, surpassing her total in 2016 and 2017 combined. Gregg has two goals this season, including NIU’s first goal of the year against the Eastern Illinois University Panthers Sept. 9. Gregg scored her second of the season against Central Michigan.

First-year forward Trudy Quidzinski has been a bright spot for the Huskies as well. Quidzinski has tallied 21 shots this year, only second to Gregg. Quidzinski has scored two goals, including one goal against Eastern Illinois in NIU’s first victory of the season.