Huskies, Demons fit to be tied

By Mark D. Morrey

Willy Roy’s plans for the second week of the soccer season were slowed down Wednesday by the DePaul Blue Demons.

His plans were to come out of DePaul with a victory and defeat Loyola in the home opener Friday to make the Huskies 2-2 on the season.

Those plans went out with the rain yesterday as the two teams played to a 120-minute overtime tie (2-2) at Wish Field. The Huskies (0-2-1) are still undefeated against the Blue Demons at 6-0-2 lifetime but that is little consolation right now as the team was looking forward to a win.

There was no score at the end of the first period, which increased the Huskies scoreless streak on the year to five periods. Junior defenseman Michael Defort finally ended that streak with 10 minutes to go in the game on a 16-yard goal past DePaul goalkeeper Marcello Bartucci in the lower left side of the goal to tie the contest.

NIU fell behind again in overtime as the defense was mixed up as Terry Sell assisted a Mark Telken goal with 12 minutes to go in the game. Coach Roy was upset with this goal as the first shot bounced off of the goalpost; the second shot bounced off goalkeeper Jeff McCall and the third attempt went in as “our guys stood around watching.”

The Huskies got their break a few minutes later as defenseman Joe Novy was taken down from behind in the goal crease, resulting in a penalty. Co-captain Dave Weichman got the call and put the ball in the net to tie the game at two.

Even though this was a come-from-behind game, the team, as well as the coach, could not be very excited about it. In all reality, the Huskies should have handily defeated the Blue Demons.

“A pattern is starting to develop that I don’t like,” said Roy when asked about the lack of scoring. Hopefully that pattern was broken yesterday with two goals even though “we should have had four or five.”

The team did play better by outshooting DePaul 29-13 but difficulties finishing plays have hindered the team throughout the young season. “We were pressuring them,” Roy added.

Roy feels that what his team needs is the home opener on Friday against Loyola.