Stingy defense can’t stop high flying Phoenix


Another rough game for the women’s soccer team ended in the Huskies’ ninth loss of the season Sunday afternoon as they fell to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (12-3-2) by a score of 2-0.

Green Bay took the with 9:12 remaining in the first half when freshman Tracey Kochanski scored from 12 yards out off an assist from teammate Tonya Greenwood.

In the first half the Phoenix had other chances to score, but the Huskies (5-9) would not allow it. At the end of the half Green Bay had taken seven shots, but only one on goal.

The Huskies were not without opportunities to score. Throughout the game NIU had ten shots and three on goal. The opportunities were there, the Huskies just did not make anything out of them.

“We had some nice chances on our corner (kicks) and in some other situations. We just didn’t get the opportunity to take advantage of those,” said head coach Frank Horvat.

The only other goal of the game came for the Phoenix with 26:08 gone in the second half. Lisa Boesser put it in with a 15-yard shot from the center after beating the last Huskie defender to go one-on-one with goalkeeper Rachelle Danekas.

Horvat noted that he was happy with his team’s effort and was especially pleased with the play of Beth Pomles who was questionable going into the weekend because of a knee injury that she suffered in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee match.

“I think Beth Pomles did a nice job up front. She created some good things,” Horvat said.

He also complimented Jody McIntosh and Mindy Cerretti on their contributions.

Jen Berg was probably the most instrumental in keeping the Huskies within shooting distance of Green Bay. She kept the Phoenix’s leading scorer, Tonya Greenwood, from running away. Berg kept her to just one assist while not allowing her to score.

Sunday’s match was senior day for the Huskies who thanked seniors Deb Vickers and Angie Raiff for their contributions this season.

“Deb’s done real good for us. She started out as a sub and worked her way into the starting lineup. She’s done a very solid job,” Horvat said.

Yesterday Raiff got an opportunity to start for the Huskies and impressed Horvat with her play and with her effort in the first half of play.

“It was their senior day and I thought they played really well,” Horvat said.