BROOKLINE, Mass. – Andre Ciliotta's goal 31 seconds into the second overtime was the difference as the Northeastern men's soccer team (10-1-2, 5-0-1) defeated Hofstra (9-4-1, 3-3-0) in a thrilling match on Wednesday night at Parsons Field, 1-0.
The win extends the Huskies' unbeaten streak to a program record-tying nine games (7-0-2), which was initially set in 2008. The victory also marks NU's 13th straight triumph at home on Parsons Field, dating back to last season.
Ciliotta scored off a crossing pass from Don Anding on the right side in the opening minute of the second overtime following a feed from Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave for Ciliotta's first goal of the season.
Northeastern outshot the Pride 18-14 for the match, including a 13-9 advantage in the second half and overtime. Senior goalkeeper Oliver Blum made a season-high six saves as he and the Husky defensive corps earned its sixth clean sheet of the season.
Both teams played an even first half with shots level at five apiece, but it was the Pride that put three of its shots on goal, testing Blum and the Husky defense.
Northeastern nearly got on the board in the opening minutes of the match as Dante Marini sent a long pass up to Anding heading towards goal. The senior caught up to the ball and chipped it over Hofstra goalkeeper Adam Janowski (six saves), but the shot sailed just over the crossbar.
The Pride had its best chance of the half in the 29th minute of play as Maid Memic found himself with space in the box. Memic settled the ball and fired a shot toward the lower right corner, but Blum was up to the task, making a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
Both teams continued to trade chances throughout the second half, with NU holding a 10-7 edge in shots for the period. Blum was forced to make a big save for the Huskies early in the second half when Memic let a shot off from the right side of the box that Blum gloved down and out of play.
Fayd'Herbe de Maudave was inches away from giving NU a 1-0 advantage in the 68th minute when he fired a dart towards the left post at Janowski barely got a hand on to end the threat.
Anding also had an opportunity late in regulation when he sped into the box and sent a hard shot towards goal that got knocked down by Janowski to send the Huskies into overtime for the sixth time this season.
The Pride went on the attack early on in extra time when Chris Griebsch lined up a shot that got blocked and nearly trickled over the goal line. Fayd'Herbe de Maudave and the Huskies also had a chance in the first overtime when he gathered a feed from Marini in tight, but took an extra touch before shooting, resulting in a block from the Pride defense.
It took only 31 seconds into the second overtime for the Huskies to come away with the victory as Fayd'Herbe de Maudave sent the ball up field to Anding who, after a few strides down the right side, threaded a pass across the box to a streaking Ciliotta, who buried it past Janowski for the score.
The Huskies will be back in action on Saturday as Northeastern hosts UNCW at Parsons Field at 6 p.m.
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Game Notes: Northeastern's win on Wednesday, coupled with Drexel's draw, puts the Huskies and Dragons into a tie for first place in the CAA standings with 16 points each; NU holds the tiebreasker over the Dragons from its 2-1 victory on Oct. 3 in Philadelphia ... The Huskies are now 11-6-0 against the Pride, including a 9-2-0 mark since 2001 and 6-2-0 record since joining the CAA in 2005 … Northeastern is 13-0-0 at Parsons Field since the start of the 2011 season … NU tied the program record for longest unbeaten streak on Wednesday, which was initially set in 2008; the Huskies were 5-0-4 during the stretch in 2008 … The last time Northeastern won five straight matches came in 2009 (Oct. 14-28) … NU has won a program-record four overtime games this season ... Laurence Braude made his first start since Sep. 2 against Harvard … Anding's assist moved him into sole possession of seventh place on the NU record list for career points (50) … Anding has at least one point in six of his last seven matches (seven goals, three assists) … Blum made a season-high six saves in goal, and earned his fourth shutout of the season ... A win against UNCW on Saturday would tie the program record for longest winning streak at six games, which was set in 2006.