Huskie soccer gets second straight shutout

By Roland Hacker

The men’s soccer team continued its dominant stretch Friday with the fourth straight win and third straight clean sheet against the Eastern Illinois University Panthers.

The Huskies four game winning streak is the team’s longest streak since 2011. They also have three consecutive shutouts, the most consecutive since 2012.

“It’s a continued process and we’re working on things,” Head Coach Ryan Swan said. “The guys have done a great job of buying in with what we’re asking. It’s been a gradual process. I think everyone realizes there’s hard work that has to be done and everyone’s been willing to do it.”

The Huskies shut out the Panthers 2-0 and didn’t allow any shots on goal, while firing nine shots themselves, seven on target.

The Markanich twins provided the scoring for NIU, each scoring one goal. First year defender Anthony Markanich struck in minute 16 to open the scoring of the game. His brother, first year forward Nick Markanich, scored at the 50-minute mark to provide insurance for the Huskies.

“Nick got in several times [today],” Swan said. “He’s a very tough player to deal with.”

The Huskies have yet to be shut out this year and have scored the opening goal of every game this season.

“We’re being a lot more proactive in our attack,” Swan said. “We’re getting numbers into the attack and people willing to make runs and attack the ball. When we get the ball, there are a lot of options.”

Anthony had three shots in the game, matching the Panthers’ total by himself. EIU received two yellow cards throughout the match, but NIU played it safe and received no yellow cards of their own, despite racking up a grueling 19 fouls.

The men’s soccer team is back on the road 7 p.m. Tuesday for a tilt with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers. The match can be streamed live on ESPN+.