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Men’s soccer drops pair on road, suffers first loss

By Abraham Murguia | September 7, 2014

Men’s soccer (1-2-1) suffered its first defeats of the season in back-to-back matches this weekend.The Huskies fell 4-1 to the Cal Poly Mustangs (3-1) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and lost 1-0 to the Santa Clara Broncos (3-1) Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.Cal...

Men’s soccer to start MAC at West Virginia

By Jacob Onak | October 2, 2013

DeKalb | In a match between two very similar teams, men’s soccer is set to open its conference season at West Virginia.The Huskies and the Mountaineers have two almost-even records going into this match, NIU being (3-6-0) and West Virigina (3-5-1, 0-1...

Second half turnaround enough for men’s soccer

By Jacob Onak | September 15, 2013

DeKalb | After a Friday loss, the men’s soccer team came from behind to grab a 2-1 victory against the Green Bay Phoenix on Sunday.On Friday, NIU took on the Butler Bulldogs in a one-goal contest.The first real chance of the game was the deciding factor...

Men’s soccer hopes for revenge at home

By Jacob Onak | September 11, 2013

DeKalb | Finally coming home, the men’s soccer team will look to grab a little revenge this weekend at the NIU Adidas Invite.The Huskies (1-3-0) will face off against a strong side in Butler (3-0-1) on Friday, and then take on Green Bay (3-0-1), a team...

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 seeks stronger attack

By Jacob Onak | August 26, 2013

It’s a new year, and there are many new faces for the men’s soccer team this season.The Huskies have added 11 new players — or almost 48 percent of the team — to the roster.Seniors Jordan Godsey, Rocco Taglia, Pat Sloan, Mike Mascitti and Hooman...

Men’s soccer plays with heart, falls to Akron in MAC title game

By Jacob Onak | November 11, 2012

NIU men’s soccer started off the MAC Tournament coming out victorious after sophomore midfielder Jayson LeSeth’s free kick gave the Huskies a 1-0 win over West Virginia. They advanced to the championship game against the Akron Zips. The Huskies (7-10-3)...

Freshman provide support for men’s soccer

By Jacob Onak | November 7, 2012

With regular season play over, it is clear that this year’s freshman class has given men’s soccer a big boost. Eight freshmen have gotten time on the field his season, cumulating in 32 starts and 87 regular season appearances. Coach Eric Luzzi said...

Men’s soccer falls to Broncos, drops in MAC standing

By Jacob Onak | October 30, 2012

In a rare midweek day game, NIU men’s soccer fell 2-0 to the Western Michigan Broncos in Kalamazoo yesterday. The loss drops NIU (59-3, 3-2-1 MAC) to fifth place in the MAC, one place out of a tournament-qualifying spot. The first half had a lot of...

Men’s soccer looks to Totsch for a boost

By Jacob Onak | October 29, 2012

NIU men’s soccer’s regular season is coming to an end. The Huskies now sit in second place in the MAC and need to win out their final conference games in order to secure a MAC tournament spot. A healthy junior midfielder, Sean Totsch may be the boost...

Men’s Soccer takes a loss against Crusaders

By Jacob Onak | October 17, 2012

Taking a break from conference play, NIU men’s soccer took on the Valparaiso Crusaders on a stormy Wednesday night, falling 2-1. The Huskies (3-8-2) got off to another bad start as the Crusaders (2-6-5) struck first. Junior midfielder Charles Braden...

Men’s soccer reshapes gameplan, formation

By Jacob Onak | October 10, 2012

Just like when a football offense goes into shotgun, or a defense into the nickel, there are many formations that a soccer team can play in. There is the traditional 4-4-2, which gives a team a balance in both attack and defense or an attacking 4-3-3,...