Western Michigan men’s soccer used a strong offensive push to earn a 3-1 win over NIU Sunday.
In the first half, the Broncos got a strong start behind a pair of goals, the first coming from Brendan Skinner in his first collegiate goal in the 29th minute. His goal was assisted by Jaylen Shannon and Daniel Nimick, and Nimick would find the net himself less than 10 minutes later with an assist from Gavin Wigg.
WMU would head to halftime with a 2-0 advantage, having taken five shots and three on goal to four shots for the Huskies with only one on net. The Broncos committed five fouls to six for NIU, but no yellow or red cards were issued before halftime.
That changed in the second half, as two red cards were issued at once in the 54th minute to Camilo Estrada of the Huskies and Brennan Creek of Western Michigan. Four yellow cards were issued in the second half as well, all against NIU. The Huskies cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 80th minute as Nick Markanich got a shot past Isaac Walker to pull NIU with one. His goal was assisted by Carlos Valdez.
Dylan Sing all but sealed the win for WMU with a goal in the 87th minute with Mike Melaragni assisting as the lead was pushed back to two. The Huskies would get a fifth and final corner kick in the closing minutes but could not score and the Broncos secured the 3-1 victory.
Nimick led all players with six shots in the game, and Walker made three saves in net while allowing just one goal in the win. The Brown and Gold had three corners to five for NIU while both teams committed 14 fouls. Western Michigan had 14 shots and five on goal to seven shots, four on goal for the Huskies.
The MAC announced that WMU’s scheduled contest on Wednesday against Bowling Green would be postponed due to COVID-19 protocol relating to the Falcons program, so the Broncos next match will be Sunday at West Virginia. WMU earned a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers in Kalamazoo earlier this season and will look for the series sweep. The match starts at 1 p.m.