Cori Frankenberg plays a key role in women’s soccer

By Ed Rietveld

The women’s soccer team has seen an offensive resurgence so far this season.

With their 10 goals already this season, the Huskies have surpassed last year’s total of seven. One player’s performance has led the way with the new and improved offense.

Through nine games, junior forward/mid-fielder Cori Frankenberg has factored into six of the Huskies 10 goals; registering four goals and two assists.

In her first two years as a Huskie, Frankenberg only had one goal and recorded no assists.

Frankenberg, the Appleton, Wis. native said there are a couple reasons for her improved statistical season so far.

“I always look for the ball at my feet more this season making checks, doing that extra run and it starts with the defensive line,” Frankenberg said. “They work it up through the mid-field, so I couldn’t be scoring these goals without the rest of the team’s hard work.”

All of Frankenberg’s goals this season have been game-winning goals in all of NIU’s four victories this season. Without including games that happened this past week, Frankenberg’s four-game winners ranked her in a tie for fourth place in the nation in that category.

Frankenberg said that credit for all her game winners this season shows that the team is getting the job done and not just her.

“It shows that we’ve been working really, really hard,” Frankenberg said. “We have this thing called the big five where we try to get a goal within the first five [minutes] and last five [minutes] of each half. And we put on our most pressure and we know that we have to get that goal right away to shut out the other team right away. Let them know that we’re here.”

NIU women’s soccer coach John Ross said that Frankenberg is just starting to reach their full potential and he expects the goals to keep pouring in.

“Cori’s been great for us,” Ross said. “She’s a threat. She’s just starting to realize how good she is and she’ll have a lot more goals coming up.”