BROOKLINE, Mass. – Two second half goals from Simon Cox and Don Anding, along with Oliver Blum's third shutout of the season, led the Northeastern men's soccer team (8-1-2, 3-0-1) to a 2-0 victory against Delaware (3-8-2, 1-2-1) on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at Parsons Field.
Wednesday's win extends the Huskies' unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2), their longest since the 2008 season. Shots were level at 9-9 for the match, while the Huskies generated six corner opportunities to UD's one.
The Huskies held a 5-3 edge in shots in an evenly played first half as both teams traded scoring chances through the first 45 minutes of play. The first opportunity came for Delaware in the 19th minute as Roberto Gimenez rang a shot off the crossbar during a free kick from just outside the box.
Six minutes later, the Huskies thought they had caught a break when Anding took a pass from Terence Carter in the 25th minute and went in a breakaway, but the senior forward was whistled for offside to halt the scoring bid. The lone shot on goal in the half came from the foot of Cox on a free kick with 3:24 left in the half that was turned aside by UD keeper Jay Lupas.
Despite Delaware outshooting NU 6-4 in the second half, it was the Huskies who created more scoring chances in the match's final 45 minutes. NU took a 1-0 lead in the 71st minute on one of NU's five second half corner kicks. Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave sent the ball in from the left corner flag, and Cox positioned himself in the box to redirect the ball past Lupas for his third goal of the season.
The Husky defense would continue to keep the Blue Hens at bay and out of the attacking third, and was able to maintain ball possession in the game's waning minutes. Anding collected his team-leading eighth goal of the season with 36 seconds left in regulation when he corralled Blum's punt and sent a shot inside the left post to give the Huskies a two-goal cushion.
Northeastern will be back in action on Saturday as the Huskies travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia State at 7 p.m.
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Game Notes: Northeastern is now 14-4-2 all-time against Delaware … The Huskies extended its home winning streak to 12 games on Wednesday, and has not lost at home since Nov. 6, 2010 … Anding has tallied at least one goal in four of his last five matches, and is now tied for fifth on the NU record list for career goals (19) … Anding is also eighth on the NU record list for career points (45) … Senior goalkeeper Oliver Blum leads the team in assists this season with three.