Men’s soccer suffocates Holy Cross in shutout victory

George Barker, deputy sports editor

The Huskies walked out of Linda Johnson Stadium in Worcester Tuesday with their heads held high, after their dominant defensive effort kept the opposing Crusaders from mounting any threat in a 2-0 victory.

Sophomore goalie Chandler Cree made his third appearance of the season Tuesday evening, after coming in to close out an overtime draw with Delaware on Saturday. Cree had a quiet day in net, with Holy Cross (0-5-0) managing a measly three shots, none of which required a save by Cree, who earned his first win of the season.

The story of the first half was defense, as both teams were held off the scoreboard. Holy Cross had three corner kicks early, including one just 30 seconds into the game, but failed to convert.

While Northeastern (3-2-1) couldn’t climb into the goal column, they had a few shots to open the evening. Junior forward Dan Munch took three shots in the first 25 minutes, forcing senior Holy Cross goalie Bobby Hurstak to make his first of four saves on the night near the 14th minute.

NU had another chance to score as the game neared half, with three corner kicks between the 27th and 30th minutes. Frankie De La Camara challenged Hurstak again, but the redshirt junior forward was turned away on his shot.

Just two minutes into the next period, De La Camara sent a shot wide of net to the left. Six minutes later, he passed to sophomore forward Timothy Ennin, who would connect for his first goal at Northeastern. The assist was De La Camara’s first point of the season.

Hurstick would have revenge later, turning away De La Camara’s shot at the 59th minute and stopping him again on a penalty kick at the 65th minute. The penalty was awarded after a foul called on Holy Cross’ freshman defender Taj Salawu.

At the 82nd minute, the Huskies picked up their final goal to put the game away. Junior forward Alec Supinski finished a pass from senior midfielder Aiman Ginawi, giving Supinski his first goal of the year.

In the dominant win, NU led in shots (11-3) and shots on goal (6-0).

The Huskies secured their third win in their past four games, with their last loss coming back on Sept. 2. They’ll turn to their next challenge, the College of Charleston (1-4-1). The Cougars will roll into Parsons Field for a CAA matchup Saturday evening.