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The mens soccer team celebrates a goal by redshirt junior  Enrique Banuelos (middle, 9) on Aug. 26. Banuelos scored in NIUs 3-0 victory over Chicago State that extended their winning streak to six games.

Huskies outlast Georgia State in OT

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter October 23, 2021

DeKALB — Late game heroics by senior midfielder Pepe Martinez lead the men’s soccer team to a win over the Georgia State University Panthers 2-1. "I thought we were exceptional tonight," head coach Ryan Swan said in a Saturday NIU Athletics news...

Redshirt junior forward Enrique Banuelos plays the ball during an Oc.t 16 match against Bowling Green.

Men’s soccer and Eagles draw even

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter October 22, 2021

DeKALB — Senior forward Nick Markanich scored his national-high tying 13th goal of the season as the 21st ranked men’s soccer team drew with the Georgia Southern University Eagles 1-1. "It feels like a defeat," head coach Ryan Swan said in a Thursday...

Freshman forward Zachariah Thomas plays the ball in the first half against Bowling Green on Oct. 16. Thomas scored NIUs lone goal in a 1-1 tie.

NIU draws with BGSU in ranked battle

James Krause, Sports Editor October 17, 2021

DeKALB — The 22nd ranked men’s soccer saw their winning streak and shutout streak both end Saturday in a 1-1 tie against the 17th ranked Bowling Green State University Falcons. After each team scored in the first half, the Huskies and Falcons held...

Junior goalkeeper Sadie McGill prepares for an attack in an Aug. 22 match in DeKalb against Indiana State.

NIU, Akron draw in women’s soccer

Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter October 14, 2021

DeKALB — The Huskies women’s soccer team and the University of Akron Zips faced off Thursday with the game ending in a double overtime, resulting in a 0-0 draw.   The Zips were first to get a shot up in the first half, with junior Carly Pcholinsky...

The mens soccer team celebrates after a goal by sophomore midfielder Eddie Knight in the 88th minute sealed a 2-0 win over West Virginia on Oct. 9.

Men’s soccer goes from sluggish to unstoppable

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter October 13, 2021

With a win over the fourth-ranked West Virginia University Mountaineers Saturday, the NIU men’s soccer team moved to 10-1 and enters the United Soccer Coaches top 25 rankings for the first time since 2011, according to NIU Athletics. The 22nd ranked...

Senior midfielder Adrian Corona (2), senior defenseman Anthony Markanich (left), sophomore midfielder Camilo Estrada (center) and senior forward Nick Markanich (right) walk off the field after the Huskies defeated West Virginia University 2-0 on Oct. 9 in DeKalb.

Markanich twins push each other to greatness

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter October 12, 2021

As time winded down in the first half, Anthony Markanich got open in space and found a familiar sight downfield. His brother Nick Markanich was deep into enemy territory and had a chance to score. Anthony wound his leg up and passed the ball where...

Senior midfielder Adrian Corona (left) and junior defenseman Adrian Lara (right) celebrate after Lara scores in the 35th minute of NIUs 2-0 win over West Virginia on Oct. 9.

Huskies topple Mountaineers

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter October 9, 2021

* Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the location of Saturday's game was incorrectly reported as a road game in Bowling Green, OH. The location of Saturday's 7 p.m. match-up against the Bowling Green Falcons is at home in DeKalb.   DeKALB...

Sophomore midfielder Roland Dearborn chases down a Western Illinois defender during NIUs win over WIU on Sept. 18.

NIU ready for showdown with WVU

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter October 7, 2021

DeKALB — The Huskies men’s soccer team will take on the fourth-ranked West Virginia University Mountaineers at 3 p.m. Saturday in a match with huge implications for both clubs. The 9-1 Huskies have won eight consecutive games since a 2-0 defeat...

The NIU mens soccer team celebrates a goal in the first half of their 3-0 victory against the Marquette University Golden Eagles on Sept. 10 in DeKalb.

Huskies shutout streak continues

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter October 2, 2021

DeKALB — The red-hot Huskies rolled to their eighth consecutive victory, defeating the  Western Michigan University Broncos 3-0. It took 15 minutes for the first shot on goal to be registered by freshman forward Zachariah Thomas. In the 27th...

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Martin Sanchez lines up for a goal kick in NIUs match on Aug. 26 against Purdue-Fort Wayne. The Huskies havent allowed a goal in 501 minutes of play, or five complete games.

Huskies extend win streak to seven

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter September 26, 2021

DeKALB — Senior forward Nick Markanich scored his nation leading 11th goal of the season as the Huskies defeated the University of Green Bay Phoenix 1-0 Saturday. "The priority was obviously getting the win, so we are happy with that,"  NIU head...

The mens soccer team celebrates a goal by redshirt junior  Enrique Banuelos (middle, 9) on Aug. 26. Banuelos scored in NIUs 3-0 victory over Chicago State that extended their winning streak to six games.

Men’s soccer extends historic run

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter September 21, 2021

DeKALB — Two early goals by redshirt junior forward Enrique Banuelos and senior defenseman Anthony Markanich lead the  Huskies to a 3-0 Tuesday over the Chicago State University Wildcats. Tuesday’s game marked the team’s  sixth consecutive...

Senior forward Nick Markanich celebrates after a goal in NIUs game Aug. 26 against Purdue-Fort Wayne. Nick had two goals in NIUs 5-1 win over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday.

Nick Markanich notches hat trick in NIU win

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter September 19, 2021

DeKALB — Senior forward Nick Markanich shined with a hat trick as the hot Huskies romp the Western Illinois University Leathernecks 6-0.  "It was a great feeling," Nick Markanich said in an NIU Athletics news release about his hat trick. "I always...

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