PHILADELPHIA – Goals from Simon Cox and Don Anding, along with a season-high five saves from Oliver Blum, led the Northeastern men’s soccer team (6-1-2, 1-0-1 CAA) to a 2-1 victory at Drexel (6-3-1, 2-1-0 CAA) on Wednesday night at Vidas Field.
NU held a 15-8 advantage in shots on goal for the match (5-5 shots on goal) while the Dragons generated 10 corner opportunities to Northeastern’s six.
The first half was all Northeastern as the Huskies outshot Drexel 8-1 (3-1 shots on goal), but could not solve Dragon goalkeeper Tim Washum. Anding had three of NU’s shots during the opening 45 minutes, two of which found its way on goal.
The Huskies nearly took a 1-0 lead in the final two minutes of the half as Terence Carter created some space on the left side of the box and fired a shot on goal that sailed just over the crossbar. Blum was perfect on his only test of the half, stopping Brandon Zeller’s shot in the 21st minute.
Northeastern continued to dictate the pace of play out of the halftime break, and took a 1-0 lead just 4:28 into the second half. Following a foul called on the Dragons, Carter sent a free kick towards the net, where Cox stood waiting for a header past Washum for his second goal of the season.
Anding made it 2-0 Huskies with 17 minutes left in regulation with third fifth goal in his last three matches when he dribbled to the top of the box and let off a rocket into the top right corner for his seventh goal of the season.
Blum held up his end of the bargain, making four saves in the final 45 minutes before the Dragons spoiled the shutout bid with 29 seconds left in the match on a goal from Fabio Machado.
The Huskies will return home to Parsons Field on Saturday to host James Madison at 1 p.m. Saturday is Greek Day at Parsons Fields as all fraternities and sororities are encouraged to wear their letters and compete in fun games and activities. The winning group will receive a pizza party. Shuttle buses for students will depart from Chicken Lou's on Forsyth St. at 12 p.m.
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Game Notes: The Huskies are now 13-6-1 all-time against Drexel, including a 6-1-1 mark under head coach Brian Ainscough … Northeastern extended its unbeaten streak to five games, its longest since 2009 … Anding has tallied at least one goal in each of his three matches, and is now tied for sixth on the NU record list for career goals (18) … Anding is also eighth on the NU record list for career points (43) … Conner Alexander earned his first start of the season on Wednesday.