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NIU Notebook: Totsch scored second straight game-winner in NCAA opener

Updated: November 21, 2011 4:23PM

DEKALB — Oswego’s Sean Totsch did it again, scoring the game-winning goal Thursday as the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team blanked Western Illinois 3-0 in an opening-round game of the NCAA Tournament.

Totsch, a sophomore center midfielder, got a touch inside the six-yard box from sophomore Karim Darbaki and slipped the ball into the net at 19:46. Totsch, who hadn’t scored a goal in college until last weekend, now has three in the team’s last four matches.

Northern tied the school record (set in 2006) for wins, climbing to 15-5-0 and travels to Nebraska for a second-round tournament game Sunday at 1 p.m. against No. 2 seed Creighton (18-2).

NIU got its second goal in the 43rd minute from freshman Isaac Kannah and junior Mike Mascitti added a second-half score.

Volleyball team wins

GENEVA, Ohio — The top-seeded Huskies swept eighth seed Bowling Green Friday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Northern, now 26-5, will meet No. 4 Ball State (24-6) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The teams split a pair of decisions in the regular season.

Friday’s win was the 14th straight for the Huskies. Two-time reigning MAC Player of the Year, sophomore Lauren Wicinski (Geneva) led NIU with 19 kills in the match and added three aces.

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