Supinski’s golden goal gives Huskies second-straight home win

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By Mike Puzzanghera, news correspondent

After a long throw into the box made its way to second-year forward Alec Supinski, the substitute’s rocket of a shot burst its way through the defenders and nestled into the bottom left corner of the goal, giving the Huskies (3-5 overall, 1-1 CAA) their second straight home win and their first conference win of the year over Elon (3-5-1, 0-2-1).

After beating a defender off the dribble and finding a pocket of space, fourth-year defender Nygaard laid the ball off to Supinski at the top of the box, and the forward hit a bouncing 20-yard strike with his right foot to beat the keeper and send the Northeastern faithful into rapture.

“I saw that I could just come off into the space,” Supinski said. “[Elon] ended up winning [the initial header] and [Nygaard] ended up collecting the second ball and laid it off to me and I just slotted it home.”

Supinski said that it was a good moment for the team after losing on the road to James Madison University in their first conference game.

“It’s a good way to get our first win of the conference in our second game. We were unfortunate in the first game, but it’s good that we recovered and were able to come back,” Supinski said.

The Huskies created plenty of chances during the game, with 16 total shots, seven of which were on target, but could not find the net until the 94th minute. Senior Elon goalkeeper Matthew Jegier had six saves for the visiting Phoenix.

“It’s kind of been our M-O this year, we’ve created a lot of chances and just can’t find a way to put it away,” said Northeastern head coach Chris Gbandi. “But you know what, as long as you get it into the back of the net in overtime you don’t have to play anymore.”

Supinski’s golden goal marked the second straight home match where the Huskies won on an overtime goal, following second-year forward/midfielder Dan Munch’s 110th minute header to beat Holy Cross on Sept. 19.

The Huskies have played in five overtime games this year. After three overtime losses early in the season, the Huskies have now won back-to-back overtime games.

“I think the more you go through situations the better equipped you are to deal with it,” Gbandi said. “So I think our guys are used to it now and are able to push through.”

Next up for the Huskies is another conference matchup on the road against William & Mary (2-5-1, 0-1-1) on Saturday.