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Men’s soccer wants to prove Ohio State loss was a fluke

By Jacob Onak | September 5, 2013

It’s back to Ohio for the men’s soccer team — “as The Pretenders say, right?” said coach Eric Luzzi, referencing the band’s “My City Was Gone.”Luzzi was talking about the Huskies’ upcoming games against Evansville and St. Louis in the...

Men’s soccer’s depth plays big role

By Jacob Onak | September 4, 2013

Roster depth can play a huge part in a postseason run, and early on in the season the men’s soccer team is showing it has a well-rounded group of guys.In its first two games against Cincinnati and Ohio State the Huskies have used 17 of their 23 players....

Men’s soccer can’t convert on chances against Ohio State

By Jacob Onak | September 3, 2013

After a sputtering offensive season in 2012, the men’s soccer team (1-1) entered its opening weekend splitting the results, but it wasn’t for a lack of chances.On Friday, the Huskies took on the Cincinnati Bearcats and came away with a solid 3-0 result.The...

Men’s soccer attack looks to shine in Ohio

By Jacob Onak | August 29, 2013

After two preseason exhibitions the men’s soccer team is set to get the season started, as it heads to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.In the season opener Friday, and the start of the Wolstein classic, the Huskies will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats,...

Goalie trio fight it out for men’s soccer

By Jacob Onak | August 28, 2013

These last few years, Eric Luzzi and the men’s soccer staff haven’t had to worry about one of the most crucial spots on the field. This year, though, the goalkeeper spot is up for grabs.With graduated standout Jordan Godsey out of the picture, the...

Men’s Soccer plays hard at Homecoming, loses to Akron

By Jacob Onak | October 14, 2012

On a cold and rainy homecoming weekend NIU men’s soccer took on the nationally third-ranked Akron Zips in its third conference game of the season. Due to a slow start and a Huskies (3-7-2, 2-1-0 MAC) red card, the Zips (9-1-2, 4-0-0 MAC) come out victorious...

Mastering the art of the header

By Ed Rietveld and Jacob Onak | October 1, 2012

Even though the sport of soccer is called football in all areas of the world except the U.S., players are allowed to use more than just their feet. Players are allowed to use is their heads for both offensive and defensive purposes. Junior defender/mid-fielder...

Pat Sloan underrated in men’s soccer

By Jacob Onak | September 24, 2012

In team sports, most of the credit or the publicity goes to the coach or the star players. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but if you look at really good teams, there are solid, underrated players who make up the rest of the group. Senior Pat...

Francis Otira graduates, men’s soccer picks up slack

By Jacob Onak | September 5, 2012

If you went out and watched an NIU men’s soccer game last season, you saw a big number 18 in the heart of the Huskies defense. That man was defender Francis Otira, who in 2011 helped lead NIU to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Otira would go...