Men’s soccer takes down local rival, but falls in conference play

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By Mike Puzzanghera, news staff

The Northeastern Huskies (5-7-1, 2-3-1 CAA) took the game to their local rivals Boston University (3-9-3) on Tuesday, defeating the Terriers 2-0 on their home turf. A goal from second-year forward/midfielder Dan Munch gave the Huskies the lead in the first half and first-year midfielder Dom Galletti doubled the score early in the second half on a counterattack.

In the 36th minute, Munch took the ball from a BU defender and played a one-two with second-year forward Alec Supinski, who sent Munch through on goal. Munch slotted his low effort in at the far post, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Munch’s goal was his second of the season and fourth of his career for the Huskies. His first goal this season came as a golden goal winner in double overtime against Elon.

After the break, the Huskies conceded two early corner kicks to the Terriers. But the Huskies absorbed the pressure and broke off on a counterattack, with first-year forward Tyler Welch leading the charge. Welch played a long through ball, threading the needle between two Terrier defenders and sent Galletti through on goal with only the keeper to beat. Galletti cleverly placed the ball through the legs of the onrushing goalkeeper for his first collegiate goal, giving the team a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish.

First-year goalkeeper Chandler Cree kept his second clean sheet of the year. His first came in a 3-0 win against Hofstra on Oct. 10th.

But the Huskies could not make it back-to-back wins on Saturday, as they lost 2-1 to the College of Charleston Cougars (4-8-2, 1-4-1 CAA) in South Carolina. Despite an early goal from first-year forward/midfielder Ryan Massoud, the Cougars scored two goals within 30 seconds late in the game to complete the comeback and take all three points.

Massoud’s goal came in the 12th minute when he headed in a cross from fourth-year defender Martin Nygaard. Nygaard received the ball on the left side of the field, where he put a left-footed cross into the box and towards Massoud. Massoud got to the ball first and headed it downwards, hitting it into the ground and up and over the keeper on the bounce, landing in the back of the net by the left post.

The goal was Massoud’s fifth of the year, marking the first five-goal season by a Northeastern player since Frantzdy Pierrot in 2015. The freshman is the Huskies’ leading goal-scorer, holding a three-goal lead over his nearest teammates, Nygaard, fourth-year defender Moustapha Samb, and second-year forward/midfielder Dan Munch.

In the 81st minute, Charleston fourth-year midfielder Cornell Holland leveled the score for the Cougars, hitting his strike from 25 yards out inside the left post for his second goal of the season.

Only 30 seconds later, Charleston third-year midfielder Tucker Heffron got on the end of a long through ball, placing his first-time shot in at the right post to give the Cougars the lead. It was Heffron’s fifth goal of the season.

Next up for the Huskies is a road CAA matchup against the University of Delaware (4-9-1, 2-5-0).