Men’s soccer downed by Broncos to open league play


Milly Landa

NIU midfielder Patrick Coleman (center) and Kevin Galiano prepare to receive the ball from goalkeeper Martin Sanchez, who is catching the ball. Men’s soccer lost the home game against UIC 0 – 2 at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex on Sept. 12 (Milly Landa | Northern Star).

DeKALB – The Huskies’ lack of offense led to a 3-0 road loss in Kalamazoo, Michigan, against the Western Michigan University Broncos Friday.

The Broncos dominated the Huskies in the first half. The Broncos took eight shots in the first half and capitalized off of three.

“We were giving the ball away too easily, and they would come in and attack well,” head coach Ryan Swan said. “I don’t think the defenders should be held responsible for their lead on us – our offense just wasn’t going well.”

NIU’s offense didn’t see any goals in the first half. The Huskies only took three shots in the first half.

The Broncos scored their first goal in the 18th minute. The Broncos then scored twice in the 26th minute.

“It was disappointing that we were down 0-3, and it showed that they were more ready and prepared than we were today,” senior defender Adrian Lara said.

The Huskies were down 3-0 at the half.

The Huskies were able to contain the Broncos’ shots as WMU only took five shots during the second half.

“We had a better second half, and we showed a little more heart and determination,” Swan said. “Hopefully this second half performance will show the guys that if you work harder, you can compete with these good teams.”

The Huskies handled the ball well in the second half, not allowing the Broncos to steal the ball and score goals. NIU still had trouble scoring a goal.

“We need to be more cleaner and clinical in the final third,” Lara said. “We were too lackadaisical at times and need to pick up the intensity.”

NIU now has a record of 3-3-2 and sits in last place in the Mid-American Conference.

NIU will continue its road trip when they head to Madison, Wisconsin,on Wednesday to play the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers.