Donovan Fayd’Herbe de Mau­dave couldn’t have dreamed of a better sce­nario in which to score his first col­le­giate goal: pro­pelling the men’s soccer team to vic­tory in front of a rau­cous home crowd of more than 1,500 fans.

It was an incred­ible atmos­phere and a great day to score my first goal,” he said.

The sopho­more for­ward buried a loose rebound off a shot by team­mate Don Anding at the 64th minute, scoring the only goal as the Huskies downed the Har­vard Crimson 1–0 at Par­sons Field on Sunday. The goal fol­lowed Northeastern’s inten­si­fied offen­sive pres­sure in the second half, which led to a flurry of goal-​​scoring opportunities.

The win improved Northeastern’s record to 3–0 to start the season. The Huskies opened the season with an exhil­a­rating 2–1 double-​​overtime home vic­tory over Prov­i­dence on Aug. 24. The team car­ried that momentum into its second game, beating host Marist 1–0 in another double-​​overtime thriller on Aug. 28.

Timely scoring and stellar defense have keyed the Huskies’ early suc­cess. Senior goal­keeper Oliver Blum has spent the bulk of the action in net, only allowing one goal through three games.

Head coach Brian Ain­scough cred­ited the early season suc­cess to his players’ com­mit­ment to ball pos­ses­sion. He said an emphasis on con­trol­ling the ball with the attack and quickly regaining pos­ses­sion after turnovers has paid early dividends.

It’s a good way of keeping our oppo­nents off the score sheet,” Ain­scough said.

Up next for North­eastern is a road matchup with Michigan (1–2), which is coming off a 3–0 loss to Cleve­land State last weekend. The Huskies will face the Wolver­ines on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The game kicks off an impor­tant slate of road games for the team, which will travel to Fair­field (Sept. 15) and William & Mary (Sept. 22) on con­sec­u­tive week­ends. The Huskies then return home to face Holy Cross on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

I think when we come back from this road trip, we will have a clear pic­ture of what our season is going to look like,” Ain­scough said.