Women drop a pair

By Liz Gernand

This weekend was not a bright one for the women’s soccer team.

The Huskies (3-6) fell twice, once to University of Minnesota and once to Creighton University.

Minnesota (8-3) squeaked past NIU 1-0 Saturday afternoon.

“I would have to say that (the Minnesota game) was the best defensive game we’ve played all year,” said head coach Frank Horvat.

The only goal was unassisted and came 30:05 minutes into the game. It was the 12th of the season for Minnesota’s Jennifer Walek.

Saturday’s loss was disappointing because they worked hard throughout the game. Horvat said that the intensity was there and the team had opportunities to score. The Huskies took five shots on goal, but they couldn’t make anything happen.

During the first half of play freshman Amy Derry went down with a sprained ankle which is expected to keep her out of action for two weeks.

Sophomore Christy Foster did not suit up for the game Saturday because of an injury to the hip which she suffered during the team’s loss to Marquette University Wednesday.

Between the two injuries NIU was definitely hurting, but Foster returned to action for Sunday’s game against Creighton.

Creighton (8-1-1) dominated play in the match as the Huskies became the Lady Jay’s eighth victim of the ‘93 campaign.

The first of Creighton’s three goals was a ten yard boot from the left side, put in by Kalan Malone only 1:44 minutes into the game.

Creighton’s Kristin King came up with the Jay’s second goal of the game, off a direct free kick, almost 13 minutes into the first half.

The final goal of the game was put in by Jamie Nye off a penalty kick during the second half of play.

“From history we’re not a good traveling team and I thought we looked tired,” Horvat said “but we worked hard and that’s the important thing.”

This past weekend should be good experience for the first year team. They had a chance to see the level of play they are striving for in years to come.