Mens soccer drops fourth straight home game

By Jacob Onak

Men’s soccer wrapped up its six-game road trip with its fourth straight loss to the Bowling Green Falcons on Saturday.

The 1-0 loss in double overtime was the Huskies’ (3-9-0, 0-2-0 MAC) fifth loss in six games.

To start the match, the Falcons (3-5-4, 2-1-0 MAC) put NIU under pressure, recording three shots in the first three minutes. The Huskies’ first real shot came in the 17th minute as junior Isaac Kannah put a shot wide of the Bowling Green net.

In the first half NIU was outshot 11-5 as the game went to halftime scoreless. In the second half both teams pushed for the opening goal.

Bowling Green had a massive opportunity to put a tally on the board as it earned a penalty kick three minutes into the second half. It was eventual goal scorer Anthony Grant who stepped up to take the kick, but Grant hit his shot wide.

NIU’s best chance came in the 60th minute from junior midfielder Jayson LeSeth. LeSeth let loose a shot that beat the Falcons’ goalkeeper but hit the post as the game remained 0-0.

Both teams had more half chances before the game ended 0-0 in regular time.

After chances in the first overtime period, it was Grant who gave his team the conference win in the second overtime.

In the 102nd minute Grant collected a long ball from senior defender Sean Sikich and got past NIU goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser to slot home the game winner.

“The guys played hard. I have no issue with the effort tonight,” said head coach Eric Luzzi in a news release. “Bowling Green is a pretty good team, but they were only going to score in one manner, and it’s disappointing that is the way they ended up scoring. We knew the only way they were going to score was a hopeful ball forward, and their No. 11 [Grant], a strong kid, made the play.”

NIU will have a much-needed break as it doesn’t return to action until Oct. 22 against Eastern Illinois in DeKalb for the first game under the new lights at the soccer complex.

“There is only one thing we can do,” Luzzi said in a news release. “That is get back to work on