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Senior goalkeeper Jakub Rojek roams in front of the net during an NIU mens soccer home game. Rojek recorded a career-high 11 saves en route to a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green State University in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament on Sunday. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

Men’s soccer defeats Bowling Green in MVC Tournament quarterfinals

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | November 6, 2023

In a win-or-go home situation, senior goalkeeper Jakub Rojek’s career-high 11 saves pushed the NIU men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win against the Bowling Green State University Falcons, sending the Huskies to the MVC Tournament semifinals.  In the...

Midfielder senior Camilo Estrada (left) stands in the rain waiting for the to return play during the Huskies Oct. 12, 2022 mens soccer game against Northwestern University at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Huskies shutout in first Missouri Valley Conference action

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | September 16, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s soccer (2-5) dropped its first conference game of the season in a shutout 3-0 loss to No. 15 Missouri State University (4-0-1). This is the third loss in a row for the Huskies and the third game in the last four of being outshot...

Sophomore midfielder Angel Rodriguez guides the ball at the NIU Soccer and Track and Field Complex on Aug. . Rodriguez scored the lone goal against University of Memphis. (Photo courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Offense sputters in Huskies’ loss to Memphis

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | August 27, 2023

DeKALB – A lack of offensive opportunities plagued NIU men’s soccer (1-1), contributing to its first loss of the season at the hands of the University of Memphis (2-0) Tigers by a final score of 3-1 Sunday at the NIU Soccer and Track and Field Complex.  The...

NIU men’s soccer signs four new players

By Northern Star Sports Staff | February 3, 2023

NIU men’s soccer head coach Ryan Swan announced Thursday four players that will be joining the program for the 2023 season.  Joe Hernandez, Kevin Kelly, Luka Vasic and Ethan Wilson are the new signees, according to an NIU Athletics press release. Hernandez,...

Senior defense Adrian Lara in possession of the ball during NIU mens soccer on September 12th against UIC. (Milly Landa | Northern Star)

NIU falls to Bowling Green in season finale

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | November 7, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU men’s soccer team had its season finale against Bowling Green State University Sunday evening that ended in a 6-0 loss. It was a tough day for the Huskies as they were shut out by the Falcons. The Huskies had an early scoring opportunity...

This weekend in Huskie sports: Oct. 7-9

This weekend in Huskie sports: Oct. 7-9

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 6, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s 115th Homecoming celebration features a weekend filled with Huskie home sporting events. Football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer all stay in DeKalb to defend home against various Mid-American Conference opponents....

The NIU mens soccer team poses with the Mid-American Conference regular season trophy after a 2-1 victory over Akron on Oct. 30, 2021. (Noah Silver | Northern Star)

Men’s soccer eyeing repeat as MAC champions

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | September 29, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU men’s soccer team had a season to remember last season as they won the Mid-American Conference Championship for the first time since 2011 and qualified for the NCAA tournament. “Last year was a magical run; none of us were thinking...

Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and MATT SEDENSKY | February 24, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed...

Kyle Okposo scores 2 in Sabres’ 2-1 win over Winnipeg Jets

By JOHN WAWROW | February 23, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Okposo hopes he and the Buffalo Sabres provided general manager Jason Botterill a reason to rethink his approach a day before the NHL's trade deadline.For a team that looked like it was in need of major roster overhaul as recently...

For Napoli fans, the team is a religion and Maradona is god

By ANDREW DAMPF | February 20, 2020

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — When Lionel Messi climbs up the steps from the moat surrounding the field at the San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday and emerges into the Champions League spotlight, he’ll be stepping onto sacred ground.The ground where fellow Argentina...