Men’s soccer prevails in battle with Western Illinois


Mingda Wu

NIU junior midfielder Diego Maynez handles the ball in a match against Lindenwood University on Sept. 8.

DeKALB — The Huskies (3-2-2, 0-0 MAC) faced off against Western Illinois University in a tough contest that saw the Huskies come away with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

The match was physical from the start. The Huskies had eight fouls in the first half and assessed a yellow card at 43:41.

Head coach Ryan Swan spoke on his team’s early struggles that they overcame in the second half.

“We weren’t great in the first half offensively,” Swan said. “We tried something different with our formations, got off to a slow start and we weren’t as offensive as we should have been. I liked how we turned it around in the second half. We created more opportunities to score, and it helped us get the win.”

Both teams took four shots on goal in the first half but, it was not enough to get either side on the board.

The Huskies quickly came with offense in mind in the first half with only a couple minutes into the second half. Redshirt senior forward Enrique Banuelos got the Huskies on the board at 49:50. The goal was assisted by fifth-year forward Miguel Maynez Jr.

The match was hard fought to the end, and there would be four yellow cards pulled in the second half alone – three were assessed to the Huskies and one to the Leathernecks.

Defensively, the Huskies did not let up, shutting out the Leathernecks to take the 1-0 victory to improve their record to 3-2-2 this season.

The Huskies’ next game is at 4 p.m. Friday at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.