BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Northeastern men's soccer team (11-1-4, 6-0-3) battled to a scoreless draw against George Mason (7-4-1, 4-4-1) on Senior Night Saturday at Parsons Field. Oliver Blum tied a season-high with six saves for the Huskies to collect his fifth shutout of the season.With the tie, Northeastern moves to within one point of first place in the CAA standings behind Drexel heading into the final week of the regular season.
Prior to the game, the Huskies honored the five members of its senior class (Don Anding, Blum, Andre Ciliotta, Eric Dyer, Eddie Nam) for their dedication to the men's soccer program and the Northeastern community.
The Huskies outshot Mason 15-8 for the match, while shots on goal were level at six apiece. NU generated three corner opportunities in the game to Mason's one.
The teams played an even and up-tempo first half, with shots level at three apiece while the Huskies generated the lone corner of the opening 45 minutes. With physical play on both ends of the field, each team was assessed a yellow card during the half.
Anding had the best chance of the half midway through when he streaked down the sideline, cut in and fired a shot towards goal that whistled wide right.
The Huskies took control of the match in the second half, outshooting Mason 9-3. Anding, who had five of NU's 15 shots in the game, nearly put Northeastern on the board in the 64th minute with a shot aimed at the lower right corner, but Cote made a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
NU earned a free kick from 20 yards out in the final 10 minutes of regulation as Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave fed Anding off a restart. Anding quickly collected the ball, took one touch and fired a shot that went just high.
In extra time, both goalkeepers were forced to make game-saving saves, including one by Blum on Taylor Morgan in the first overtime. NU had a late corner opportunity in the second overtime, but the Patriots were able to clear the ball out of harm's way and force a draw.
Northeastern will be back in action on Wednesday as the Huskies close the regular season on the road at No. 15 Old Dominion. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Northeastern is now 2-6-3 all-time against the Patriots … Saturday's draw extends Northeastern's home unbeaten streak to 15 games, and has not lost at Parsons Field since Nov. 6, 2010.