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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...

NIUs Dusty Page (19) gets the ball away from a Drake Bulldog during a game earlier this season. NIU and Drake had a draw game after double-overtime, 1-1.

Men’s soccer ends roller coaster season, looks to youth to step up

By Jacob Onak | November 12, 2012

Coming off their MAC Championship game loss against Akron Sunday, it’s tough to describe why the Huskies had such a roller coaster season. The Huskies ended their season with a (7-10-3) record going (4-2-1) in MAC regular season play, but they started...

Men’s soccer looks to defend MAC title over the weekend

By Jacob Onak | November 7, 2012

Men’s soccer will look to defend its 2011 MAC Tournament Championship this weekend as it faces off against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday in Akron. The Huskies (6-9-3, 4-2-1 MAC) will go into the match as a second seed, while the Mountaineers...

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...

Karim Darbaki junior forward for Northern Illinois University fights for possession of the ball against Notre Dame August 08, 2012.

Men’s soccer hopes to upset ranked Wildcats tonight

By Jacob Onak | October 23, 2012

In its final non-conference game of the season, NIU men’s soccer will take on the No. 24 nationally-ranked Northwestern Wildcats (10-3-2) in Evanston tonight. The Huskies (3-8-3) are coming into the match on a four game losing streak, most recently...

Taglia reflects on time with men’s soccer

By Jacob Onak | October 22, 2012

With only three conference games left NIU men’s soccer will need victories in all three matches if it wants to ensure its goal of making the NCAA tournament. The team will need to rely on the upper classmen of the squad in the remainder of the season...

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...

Men’s soccer hope to zip past the Zips

By Jacob Onak | October 11, 2012

Coming off of its 1-0 loss to Marquette, NIU men’s soccer will face off against the third-ranked Akron Zips in its third conference match of the season Saturday. Akron head coach Caleb Porter leads a Zips (8-1-2, 3-0-0 MAC) program that has become a...

Soccer sees set pieces as secret to success

By Jacob Onak & Ed Reitveld | October 11, 2012

Whether it’s a corner kick or a free kick, set pieces are vital in soccer. Earning a free kick can give relief to a team that’s being put under a lot of pressure, or it can be used to score a much-needed goal against the run of play. So far this season...

Men’s Soccer wins second MAC game against Hartwick

By Jacob Onak | October 7, 2012

After its first conference win against Florida Atlantic, NIU men’s soccer looked to remain undefeated in MAC play as it took on the Hartwick Hawks in a 1-0 game Saturday. The Huskies (2-5-2, 2-0-0 MAC) pressured the Hawks (3-5-2, 1-1-0 MAC) right out...

Men’s soccer plays in first match of New Mexico Lobo Invitational

By Jacob Onak | September 23, 2012

After its first win against Iona last weekend, men’s soccer (1-5-2) faced off against Denver (5-1-2) in the first match of the New Mexico Lobo Invitational. The Huskies had a poor start to the first half as the Pioneers struck in the 14th minute. Defender...

Jordan Godsey breaks NIU shutout record

By Jacob Onak | September 9, 2012

You wouldn’t know it, but Jordan Godsey was actually a forward in high school. I said you wouldn’t know it because he has been such an outstanding goalie for the Huskies throughout his career. In 2011, Godsey was named All-MAC first team, All-MAC...