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Boukidis delivers Huskies' first 2011 win

Former Falcon has been involved in all three of Northern Illinois' goals this season, scoring twice Sunday.

September 21, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Frances Boukidis (Crescenta Valley, 2010) Northern Illinois women's soccer, sophomore: Boukidis helped deliver Northern Illinois its first win of the year, scoring two goals against Loyola on Sunday to give the Huskies a 2-0 victory in their senior game and nonconference finale.

Northern Illinois has struggled offensively all season, scoring one goal in seven games coming into Sunday. Boukidis changed that with a bit of luck, as she proved to be in the right place at the right time, cleaning up two rebounds on shots from teammate Kelsey Passaglia for goals.

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Boukidis' first goal came in the second half when Passaglia worked her way into the box and fired off a shot that Loyola's keeper couldn't handle, leaving a rebound for Boukidis to put away for her first goal of the season.

"Kelsey pretty much did all the work for it," Boukidis told niuhuskies.com after the match. "I was just there to follow up with it. She charged the goalkeeper, the ball popped out and I was just focused on placing it."

The former Falcon's second goal came in the 74th minute when Passaglia rifled a shot that bounced off the right post to the middle of the box, where Boukidis knocked it in to seal a 2-0 win for the Huskies.

Northern Illinois' defense also had a big part to play in its first win, limiting Loyola to just two shots on goal. The Huskies haven't allowed a goal in the past 200 minutes.

Boukidis is her team's goal and points leader (with two goals and one assist for five points), as she's played a part in all three of the Huskies' goals this season. She had an assist on her team's first goal of the season against Northern Iowa on Sept. 4.

The Huskies open Mid-American Conference play against Toledo on Friday at 2 p.m.

Eric Kleinsasser (Crescenta Valley High, 2007) Occidental College men's cross-country, senior: Kleinsasser knows cross-country isn't the hottest sport on the market. It turns out the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference couldn't ignore his performance at the UC Riverside Invitational Saturday, though.

The former Falcon and three-time SCIAC men's cross-country champion finished first Saturday with a time of 24 minutes 21 seconds, beating out 139 runners. The performance earned him SCIAC Male Student-Athlete of the Week honors, which were released Wednesday.

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