Men's Soccer Falls 4-0 at Northern Illinois
Sept. 12, 2008
DEKALB, Ill. – The Xavier University men’s soccer team dropped an early goal to Northern Illinois Friday night after Brad Horton drove a penalty kick past keeper Adam Sokolowski at the 4:37 mark. The Huskies held the Musketeers to only six shots on goal on their way to a 4-0 shutout in Dekalb, Illinois. NIU improves to 4-0-1 on the season while Xavier falls to 0-4-0 with the loss.
The next NIU goal came from Adam Johnson after a Sokolowski save was rebounded and put in the net for Johnson’s first goal of the season, giving Northern Illinois a 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute.
Xavier was given a penalty try of their own in the 26th minute but sophomore midfielder Andy Dimbi was unable to convert as Huskie keeper Joe Zimka made the save.
Just minutes before halftime, NIU went up 3-0 on a shot by freshman forward Finn Jor from Johnny Tyma’s assist in the 41st minute. The Musketeers did not have an opportunity to answer before halftime.
Brad Horton for NIU hurt the Musketeers once again in the second half, assisting Luis De La Cerda for the Huskie’s fourth and final goal of the match in the 59th minute.
Xavier led shots on goal six to four, but had only eight total attempts to NIU’s 19.
Senior goalkeeper Adam Sokolowski made four saves during the match, compared to Zimka’s six for NIU.
Sophomore forward Brandon Bucher led Xavier with three shots. There were no cautions or ejections in the match.
The Xavier men’s soccer team will continue play in the NIU tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. when they take on Northwestern.