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The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Nick Markanich (left) and brother Anthony laugh during Tuesdays 2022 MLS Super-draft coverage at the NIU Convocation center. Anthony was selected 26th overall by the Colorado Rapids and Nick 30th overall by FC Cincinnati. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Markanich twins recount path to the MLS SuperDraft

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter January 17, 2022

Draft day in any sport is a culmination of years of hard work and determination, mixed with stress and uncertainty. For two NIU senior men’s soccer players, forward Nick and defender Anthony Markanich, draft day meant so much more to their family, school...

Anthony Markanich (left, Colorado Rapids scarf) and brother Nick Markanich (far right) celebrate being selected in Tuesdays 2022 MLS SuperDraft with mother, Wilma Markanich and father, Anthony Markanich Sr.( Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Markanich twins reach MLS on Draft Day

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2022
With Anthony Markanich heading to Colorado and Nick to FC Cincinnati, the NIU duo achieved a dream they worked for the past 17 years.
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 invited to MLS event

Northern Star Staff December 7, 2021

DeKALB — Junior defenseman Anthony Markanich and junior forward Nick Markanich, the brothers from Bourbonnais, Illinois, are among the 44 college players invited to participate in this year’s Adidas Major League Soccer College Showcase. NIU Athletics...

Senior forward Miguel Maynez Jr. (right) deflects the ball away from Pittsburgh junior defenseman Mohammad Abualadi in NIUs 5-2 loss to the Panthers on Nov. 21.

Huskies’ season ends in Pittsburgh

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 21, 2021

DeKALB — NIU’s season came to an end Sunday as an overwhelming offensive performance by the fifth-seeded University of Pittsburgh Panthers led to a commanding 5-2 win over the Huskies.  "I'm really proud of my team," NIU head coach Ryan Swan said...

Sophomore midfielder Diego Maynez loads up for a shot on goal during Thursdays 2-1 victory over Oakland in the first-round of the NCAA College Cup. Maynez scored both of the Huskies goals in the contest.

Huskies leave Golden Grizzlies seeing Red

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 18, 2021

DeKALB — Sophomore midfielder Diego Maynez scored two goals for NIU as the Huskies outlasted the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies 2-1, advancing to the second-round of the NCAA College Cup. “We are delighted to be through to the next round,”...

An aerial view of the NIU Track and Field & Soccer Complex during the Womens game on Aug. 26.

Swan signs extension with NIU

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 16, 2021

DeKALB — NIU Athletics announced Tuesday that men’s soccer head coach Ryan Swan has agreed to a contract extension through the 2026-27 season. Under Swan, the Huskies have beaten six nationally ranked opponents and cemented themselves as one...

The NIU mens soccer team poses with the Mid-American Conference regular season trophy after a 2-1 victory over Akron on Oct. 30. (Noah Silver | Northern Star)

Huskies draw Oakland in first round of NCAA Tourney

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 15, 2021

DeKALB — NIU men’s soccer was selected to play in the NCAA Tournament on Monday for the first time since 2011 and will host the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies 6 p.m. Thursday in the first round. The selection comes after the Huskies secured...

Senior forward Miguel Maynez Jr. takes the ball on the attack against Georiga State University during Sundays MAC Championship game in DeKalb. Maynez scored the tying goal in the second-half of NIU 2-1 2OT victory against the Panthers.

Markanich lifts NIU to MAC Tournament Title

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 14, 2021

  DeKALB — Double overtime heroics by senior forward Nick Markanich led the NIU men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over the Georgia State University Panthers to win the Mid-American Conference championship for the first time since 2011. "It...

Junior defensemen Adrian Lara (no. 5) tracks down the ball during a defensive stand during NIUs 5-2 victory over Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference semi-final Thursday. The Huskies advance to Sundays tournament championship against Georgia State University. (Summer Fitzgerald | Northern Star)

Soccer one win away from NCAA tournament berth

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 11, 2021

DeKALB — An offensive onslaught led by freshman forward Zachariah Thomas and senior forward Nick Markanich helped the men's soccer team to a commanding 5-2 semifinal victory over Bowling Green. “The focus this week was making sure we were composed...

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.

Huskies earn MAC honors ahead of tournament

Northern Star Staff November 11, 2021

DeKALB — Senior forward Nick Markanich was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive year on Wednesday. Nick Markanich had an outstanding season for the Huskies; he tied for third in the nation with 14 goals...

The mens soccer team celebrates a goal by redshirt junior  Enrique Banuelos (middle, 9) on Aug. 26.

Huskies ready to host MAC tourney

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 10, 2021

At a glance Huskies play Bowling Green Thursday at 6 p.m. Winner faces Georgia State/West Virginia winner on Sunday for MAC title Home-field advantage "most important thing" to Harry Jolley DeKALB — Senior forward Nick Markanich...

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.

NIU regular season ends in shutout

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 3, 2021

DeKALB — Poor defensive play and scarce shooting chances for the Huskies led to the NIU men’s soccer team falling to the University of Portland Pilots 4-0 Wednesday night in Portland, Oregon. With the loss, the Huskies end a 13-match unbeaten streak...

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