Women hoping to break .500 mark

By Liz Gerard

The women’s soccer team has a game with Marquette University at 4:00 p.m. today at the Huskie soccer field.

Coming off Sunday’s loss to Detroit-Mercy University the Huskies (3-3) are looking to outplay Marquette.

Marquette comes off a 5-0 victory over Oral Roberts University Friday, who also fell to NIU 5-0.

“I think there’s no one that’s an underdog at this time and (I am) expecting us to come out and play to our ability, which we didn’t do on Sunday,” said head coach Frank Horvat.

Marquette is coming to DeKalb with the attitude that NIU is a beatable team, but the game could just as easily go the other way.

The biggest concern for Horvat’s squad will be the Warriors’ leading scorer, Maureen Mathews. In the seven games she has played, Mathews has a total of six goals.

Not only that, but Mathews is coming off a big game, having scored four of her team’s five goals against Oral Robers.

Also look for Lezlie Barrett who is the Warriors’ second highest scorer. She has scored a goal in the last three games and is the co-leader for the team in assists.

In goal for the Warriors is the duo of Karin Tinucci and Stacy Sipotz. They have split game time evenly with each playing 390 minutes a piece so far this season.

The biggest concern for the Huskies is that they come out and play better than they did in Sunday’s game.

“We’re basically going to come out, regroup and try to beat a team right now that I think is probably even with us,” Horvat said. “We’re really lacking some intensity and we’re not going hard to the ball and so that’s really hurting us.”

Expect to see some changes in the Huskie lineup today. After some lackluster games on the offensive end, the team is searching for a new look. They are hoping to spark some life into their offensive game plan.

“I expect us to come out and work our offense and we’re going to make some adjustments by moving some people around (to) see what we can get together here and generate a little bit more of an offense and be a little strong than we have been the past week,” Horvat said.