Tough times continue for Horvat’s squad

NIU’s women’s soccer team received no home-field advantage Saturday after getting shut out by Texas A&M University 3-0 at the Huskie Soccer Field.

The Huskies (4-7) were called for a total of 16 fouls, nine of those occurring in the first half, while the Aggies (8-2) tallied up a total of just 11 fouls.

Despite the fact two starters returned to their positions after being sidelined with injuries the past week, the NIU offense couldn’t produce a single goal. The squad came up with just two overall shots, both of those on goal, in the second half against a strong Aggie defense.

NIU still missed its leading scorer, mid fielder Amy Derry, who sprained her ankle at Creighton on Oct. 2. Derry is expected to return to play next weekend.

Huskie boss Frank Horvat said a number of factors contributed to the loss.

“They’re a good team. We had the wind against us in the first half, which made it hard for us to get the ball down the field,” Horvat said. “Unfortunately for us, the wind died in the second half when the Aggies took our end. All in all, it was just tough to get things going, no matter how hard we worked.”

Texas A&M dominated the match early, scoring its first goal with only 13:10 gone in the first half. The Aggies’ second goal came late in the half off a free kick by mid fielder Jamie Csizmadia. Goal three closed out the scoring for the Aggies when Brittan Hilsta knocked in her second goal of the day, a 15-yarder from center with 62:52 gone.

NIU’s final match of a three-game homestand happens today against Detroit-Mercy. In its last meeting the Huskies traveled to Detroit and suffered a 3-1 loss. Horvat hopes his team will be alert.

“It should be a good game,” Horvat said. “Detroit-Mercy plays A&M Sunday on our field, so they’ll be tired like we were last time. We’ll be coming off of a day of rest and hopefully won’t be playing flat.”