DEKALB, Ill. – Western Illinois and Northern Illinois renewed their in-state rivalry Sunday night. Kristin Becker scored the lone goal for the Leathernecks in a 1-1 draw.
"It was a choppy match in terms of generating flow for both teams," said head coach Ted Flogaites. "They put us under a bit of pressure at the outset and then we made a few changes that negated what they were trying to do. A draw is better than a loss but it still leaves us wanting more. However, we have to be more cutting edge in the final third, to create not only more clear cut chances but lash them home as well. We are a better team than our record indicates but at this level everything is results-oriented and we are not getting the results to compliment our wealth of talent, verve and drive."
Victoria Kappel and the Fighting Leatherneck (4-3-1) defense were immediately put under pressure by Northern Illinois (2-4-1), as the junior had to make two saves in the opening four minutes of the match.
In the 35th minute, Amber Davis to give the Leathernecks a 1-0 lead. beat Amy Carr after a wonderful flick on header from
Western would nearly double its advantage late in the first half but Carr saved Lindsey Kuitse’s shot.
The match would remain 1-0 until the 61st minute when Cori Frankenburg leveled the match for Northern Illinois with a 35 yard strike.
"Becker's goal was well deserved and created by Amber's flick on," Flogaites said. "They scored a decent goal on a pretty good strike so I really don't have an issue with that. We created enough chances to win and in my opinion deserved to win."
In the first overtime, Northern Illinois was able to get one look at goal, but Kappel was able to stop Lauren Wandt's shot to preserve the tie and send the match into a second overtime. Kappel made nine saves in the match.
"The defending was very good today and Victoria made a quality save to keep us level in the late stages," Flogaites added.
The Leathernecks had a chance late in the second overtime to win but were unable to produce off of a corner and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
"Tiara had an incredible match and gave us everything, and in the waning minutes Sloane dropped in a ball that we should get to in the second overtime to nick home a win," Flogaites said. "Unfortunately, you cannot teach predatory instincts in the box. You either are a predator in the box or you are not, there is no in between."
Western Illinois is now 1-0-1 in overtime matches this season and 2-0-1 under Flogaites.
Western Illinois will head to Indiana and MIchigan next weekend for matches against Valparaiso (Friday) and Western Michigan (Sunday).
"There are huge matches coming up and we are much closer playing wise to unlocking some of our conundrums," Flogaites continued. "We are a goal or two away from knocking the ball around with presence and authority. But nearly there is not a job done so onward and upward we go. There is more in us collectively and we have to unearth all of the internal passion necessary to play this game the right way."