Huskies, Buffalo settle for 1-1 tie on Seniors Day


DEKALB, Illinois – Grace Louis (Cincinnati, Ohio / Sycamore) scored her first career goal on Senior Day as the University of Northern Illinois women’s football team drew 1-1 with Buffalo on Sunday after- noon (October 17) at the NIU Soccer Complex. The Bulls opened the scoring in the first half before Louis earned a point with the Huskies in the 55th minute.

“In the last two games we definitely picked it up from what we saw previously,” said NIU head coach Julie colhoff. “Obviously we still have to finish the game and put the ball in the net, but it’s good to see that resilient spirit and today to be able to come back after losing a goal.”

Buffalo (10-3-2, 4-2-2 MAC) took the lead just eight minutes into the game as Marcy Barberic transformed from the penalty spot. NIU was whistled for a handball in the box and Barberic stepped in to score the penalty in the net, giving the visitors an early lead.

Five minutes later, Barberic played a one-two on the edge of the box before firing a well-held shot from the NIU keeper. Julia lentz (Bolingbrook, Illinois / Bolingbrook).

NIU (4-10-2, 1-5-2 MAC) tested Buffalo goalie Emily Kelly for the first time in the 34th minute as a shot from Amanda Czerniak (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) was arrested by Kelly.

Six minutes before halftime, Buffalo won a corner and Kaya Schultz was able to get a shot just inside the top of the box. Schultz’s attempt to dive off the crossbar and out of play as the Bulls took a 1-0 lead at the break.

Lentz made two saves early in the second half to keep the Huskies close and it paid off in the 55th minute when Louis hit NIU level.

Czerniak picked up a deflected ball inside the box on the right side and tackled it up the box for six yards. Louis ran for the ball and fired a shot that hit Kelly’s hands but spun off the post and into the net to tie the game to one.

Three minutes later, the Huskies were on offense again as Haley Hoppe (Austin, TX / Rouse) won a header from a corner, but Kelly managed to stop.

The game was still tied with just over five minutes left in regulation time when Barberic landed a shot from a tight angle that was caught by Lentz as the Huskies and Bulls headed into extra time.

In the first overtime period, Buffalo made four shots, but only one on goal, which came in the dying minute of the first overtime period. Olivia Bizzoni didn’t catch everything with her attempted volley, but enough to put the ball in the frame and forced Lentz to make a save.

Buffalo had two more off-target attempts in the second extra period before NIU had the last chance when Hoppe’s cross was found Abby McHugh (Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda) near the top of the box, but with a defender closing in quickly, McHugh shot high in the 107th minute as the Huskies and Bulls were forced to split the points.

Lentz made five saves in the contest for NIU, Kelly made two saves for Buffalo.

NIU will close the home game of its 2021 schedule on Thursday, October 21, when the Huskies host Miami. Kick-off against the RedHawks is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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