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Redshirt senior goalkeeper Martin Sanchez walks on the field during NIUs match against the University of Illinois Chicago on Sept. 12 at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. (Milly Landa | Northern Star)

Family inspired Sanchez’s NIU soccer career

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | November 30, 2022

DeKALB –  NIU men's soccer's redshirt senior goalkeeper Martin Sanchez comes from a family of soccer players who influenced his decision to play soccer. “I’ve played soccer my whole life, I didn’t play any other sports,” Sanchez said. “Looking...

Redshirt senior forward Enrique Banuelos in possession of the ball during NIU men’s soccer match Sunday night at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

NIU men’s soccer jumps to Missouri Valley Conference

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 12, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU men’s soccer team will be competing in the Missouri Valley Conference following the announcement that the Mid-American Conference will no longer sponsor men’s soccer beginning with the 2023-24 academic year due to a lack of membership. The...

Junior midfielder Eddie Knight (right) nagivates the ball against a BGSU defender during Tuesdays match at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU falls to Bowling Green in home stand

October 26, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU men’s soccer team faced off against Bowling Green State University Tuesday evening in a lopsided contest that saw the Falcons come out on top with a score of 3-1. Head coach Ryan Swan spoke how he was disappointed with the team’s...

Men’s soccer loses on an overtime-penalty goal, see its way out of the MAC tournament

By Quentin Wilson | November 12, 2019

DeKALB — The cold weather might not be enough to numb the pain of a heartbreaking loss, as NIU fell to Bowling Green State University in overtime Tuesday, eliminating the Huskies from the 2019 Mid-American Conference Tournament.With the 2-1 win, BGSU...

Huskies fight for the ball Oct. 25 during NIUs 3-2 home victory against Western Michigan University at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.

Men’s soccer’s loss to BGSU position the teams for a rematch in MAC tournament

By Quentin Wilson | November 11, 2019

DeKALB — An early goal doomed the Huskies, as they fell to Bowling Green State University in their final regular season game 1-0.The Huskies were not able to capture the final MAC win which would have allowed them to host a MAC tournament game.Head...

Martin Sanchez, redshirt first-year goalkeeper, keeps the ball close while looking for an open teammate Oct. 8 during NIUs 5-1 victory against Eastern Illinois University at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.

Men’s soccer loses to Akron after two goal lead

By Quentin Wilson | November 4, 2019

DeKALB — Men’s soccer lost a heartbreaking contest Saturday to the University of Akron, after the Zips’ game winning goal hit the back of the net with three seconds left on the clock.With the 3-2 loss, NIU falls to 7-8-1 and 2-2 in Mid-American...

The Huskies celebrate a goal Oct. 8, 2019 during an eventual 5-1 win against Eastern Illinois University at Soccer and Track and Field Complex.

Huskies to see strong opponent in MAC road game Saturday against Akron

By Quentin Wilson | October 30, 2019

DeKALB — The season is starting to wind down for the men’s soccer team, and the Huskies will close their regular season on the road against two Mid-American Conference opponents. NIU is first tasked with a visit to Akron 6 p.m. Saturday.The Zips were...

Junior midfielder Louis Sala controls the ball Friday against Western Michigan University during an eventual 3-2 win during Homecoming week at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.

Maertins has special senior night, helps NIU to conference with over WMU

By Quentin Wilson | October 26, 2019

DeKALB — With the lights shining at their brightest Friday, the men’s soccer team was able to win its final home game of the regular season against Western Michigan University, 3-2.The game held a lot of weight as it was not only the last home game...

Men’s soccer leads Western Michigan 2-1 at the half

Men’s soccer leads Western Michigan 2-1 at the half

By Quentin Wilson | October 25, 2019

DeKALB — Men’s soccer leads 2-1 in its homecoming game against Western Michigan University at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.The Huskies’ first goal was scored by senior forward Jan Mertins at the 22-minute-mark, taking on three Broncos...

Huskies celebrate after a goal Oct. 8 during an eventual 5-1 win against Eastern Illinois University at Soccer and Track and Field Complex.

Huskies prepare for MAC first-place Western Michigan in last home game of regular season

By Quentin Wilson | October 24, 2019

DeKALB — Men’s soccer is bringing a different meaning to Friday night lights. The Huskies will be under the lights Friday when they face Western Michigan University for NIU’s 113th Homecoming Week and the last home game of the regular season.After...

This week in NIU Athletics (10/22 -  10/27)

This week in NIU Athletics (10/22 – 10/27)

By Kyle Mathas | October 21, 2019

DeKALB —  Women’s Tennis will finish its play in the ITA Regional and the football team will play Saturday against the University of Akron for the 113th homecoming game. This week in NIU athletics (Oct. 21-Oct. 27) Women’s TennisThe Huskies will...

Welch at his best as Huskies win away game at West Virginia

Welch at his best as Huskies win away game at West Virginia

By Araya Benegas | October 19, 2019

DeKALB — Junior midfielder Alex Welch scored the Huskies’ final two goals Friday to help secure a 4-2 win against West Virginia University. Welch and senior forward Jan Maertins were outstanding at picking their spots to attack. Head Coach Ryan Swan...