DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team will host Milwaukee on Monday night, Sept. 5, in their home opener at the NIU Soccer Complex. The annual Lewang Cup clash kicks off at 7 p.m. Admission to all NIU Soccer matches is free.
NIU returns home for the first time this season after opening with three straight games on the road to open the campaign. The Huskies bounced back from a setback in San Francisco to earn a victory at Saint Mary’s on the opening weekend before settling for a 2-2 draw at Bradley on Thursday night (Sept. 1), despite a victory over the Braves 19-5, including 10-0 in the second half.
Six different Huskies have scored goals this season, including taisei arima (Machia, Japan/Fort Hays State) and Patrick Colman (Antioch, Ill./Notre Dame) who found the net on Thursday at Bradley. Arima also had an assist against the Braves and leads NIU with three points this season.
Named for former Milwaukee assistant and NIU head coach John Lewang, the Huskies and Panthers meet each year for the Lewang Cup. Lewang came to NIU as a head coach in 1980 after his stint as an assistant in Milwaukee and died in a car accident after his first season in charge of the Huskies. Since 1981, both teams have played for a trophy named in his honor.
Milwaukee comes to DeKalb with a 1-2 overall record after beating Wisconsin, 2-1, Thursday night (Sept. 1). The Panthers started with a pair of backhands against Elon and Duke. Abdu Regassa and Logan Farrington both found the net in the win over the Badgers.
Monday’s game will be the first of three straight home games for the Huskies. NIU will host Lindenwood on Thursday September 8 and UIC on Monday September 12.