DeKalb, IL - A goal in the 40th minute paved the way for the Northern Illinois University Huskies for a 1-0 victory over the Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team in a Mid-American Conference match on Sunday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill.
The Owls stand 5-6-2 on the season and are still looking for its first conference victory with a 0-3-1 record. FAU will return to the pitch on Saturday, October 29, when it hosts the University of Buffalo, starting at 7 p.m. Northern Illinois improves to 10-4-0 overall and 2-2 in league play.
The Huskies' James Stevenson was on the other end of a Jayson LeSeth free kick to score his fifth goal of the season in the 40th minute. That stood up as the game winner, despite a stiff challenge by FAU.
FAU's best offensive chance came in the 86th minute when Sky Cutler drilled a free kick to the near post but NIU goalkeeper Jared Gotsey made a diving save.
Junior goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton made four saves in net, including three in the second half. He made a diving effort to stop a penalty kick in the second half to keep the deficit at one goal.