Northeastern men’s soccer off to hot start


Albert Tamura

The Huskies will face off against the College of the Holy Cross on September 21.

Thomas de Carbonnieres, news staff

The Northeastern men’s soccer team (5-1-1) has gotten off to a hot start this season. 

Following a season opening tie against University of Massachusetts Amherst, NU rattled off back-to-back wins against Bryant University and Merrimack College, both of which were comeback wins. Against the Bryant Bulldogs, the Huskies were down 2-1 at halftime. After redshirt junior forward and captain Timothy Ennin tied the game up in the 56th minute, sophomore midfielder Søren Ilsoe scored the game winner in the 106th minute of extra time. 

Ennin has proved to be the backbone of the Huskies offense so far, scoring goals in four of Northeastern’s six games. In the game against Merrimack, Ennin banged home two goals after being down 1-0 at the half. Ennin was later named CAA co-offensive Conference Player of the Week. 

The Huskies dropped their home opener at Parsons Field, after going undefeated in their first three away games. NU fell 1-0 to the University of New Hampshire, who entered the game as the 12th-ranked team in the country.  The Huskies were outworked in most facets of the game by the Wildcats, and they were outshot 18-10 and managed only one shot on target. 

Following their disappointing showing versus UNH, NU bounced back versus Hofstra University. Ennin and sophomore midfielder Federico Tellez each banged home a goal for the Huskies in their first conference game of the season. 

NU played its sixth game of the season Sept. 14, just across the river at Harvard University. The Huskies fell down early against the Crimson after they scored just 14 minutes into the game. Soon after the start of the second half, Harvard forward Alfred Perez saw a straight red card. Northeastern was given a new breath of life as senior forward Benjamin Klingen scored in the 62nd minute. After forcing extra time, senior defenseman Jack Monte scored the winning header in the 102nd minute. 

The Huskies traveled down south just four days later to Williamsburg, Virginia to face off against the College of William and Mary in their first road conference game. Ennin was largely stifled by the William and Mary Griffin’s defense, logging only 51 minutes of playing time and one shot. In his absence, Ilsoe stepped up for the Huskies, scoring two goals and providing NU with its third 2-1 win in a row.

The Huskies will then come back to town to face off against the College of the Holy Cross Crusaders Sept. 21, before heading to Hamden, Connecticut to battle against Quinnipiac University.