Eliason not the only one with a story from Saturday's match
2006: Started 14-of-19 games in his senior season ... Notched four goals -- all in the NCAA Tournament -- and three assists on the season ... Broke out of his season-long scoring slump with two goals in the NCAA opening round win over Cincinnati (11/10), one coming on a PK ... Scored another beautiful goal on a rocket shot in the win over UNC Greensboro (11/19) ... Scored his fourth in the NCAA quarterfinal loss at eventual national champion UC Santa Barbara (11/25) ... Recorded assists in wins over Hofstra (8/25), Bradley (9/8) and DePaul (9/20) ... Took 41 total shots on the year and had two game-winners.
2005: Team captain ... Played in 15 games for the 'Cats, starting seven ... One of 25 players nationwide to be named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy watch list--the first player in program history to be considered for the prestigious award ... Missed a substantial part of the season due to injury, but still was tied for second on the team in goals (3), and was second in assists (5) and points (11) ... Scored the Wildcats' only penalty kick goal of the season, the game winner in the 33rd minute of NU's 4-0 win over Loyola (Ill.) ... His .667 shots on goal percentage led all Wildcats with a minimum three attempts ... Set the Northwestern career-assists record by passing Jonathan Hall's mark of 20 with an assist to Adam Sirois in the Wildcats' regular-season finale versus Wisconsin ... Moved into second place on NU's career-points list with 69 career points.
2004: Team captain ... Played in all 23 games for Northwestern, starting all of them ... Attacking the Northwestern record books, finished his sophomore season with 58 total points which tied him for third in NU history after only two years ... Also in the top four in goals and assists for a career although only playing two years at Northwestern ... Led the Big Ten in points for the season, scoring 33 ... His 33-point season is the second-best season total in Northwestern history ... His 12 goals tied for second-best in Northwestern history for a season ... Named to the NSCAA All-Region first-team for his efforts throughout the year ... Earned All-Big Ten second-team honors for the second season in a row ... Also named to All-Big Ten Tournament team for his play during the Wildcats' run to the finals ... Tied for first in the conference in goals scored and tied for second in assists ... Named North Shore Classic MVP after his two-goal performance against College of Charleston ... Earned an assist in both of Northwestern's games during the NCAA Tournament ... Tied his goal total from last year after nine games ... Scored the key third goal in the 'Cats 3-3 tie against Vanderbilt ... Netted a goal and tallied an assist in the Wildcats' first game of the year against IPFW ... Scored two of the three Wildcat penalty-kick goals for the year ... His nine assists in a season would have tied the NU record for assists in a season if David Roth had not broken the record ... Tallied two game-winning goals for the season ... His 69 shots and 30 shots on goal were team highs.
2003: One of four players to start all 20 matches, and the only freshman to do so ... Third-team Freshman All-America by CollegeSoccerNews.com ... Named Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors ... Member of All-Big Ten Tournament Team ... Named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Set school record for points scored by an NU freshman (25), which is also seventh on the school's single-season scoring list ... Had a five-match goal-scoring streak (9/12 - 9/28) ... Big Ten Player of the Week for Sept. 23 ... Scored nine goals, which tied him for seventh on the single-season list ... Racked up seven assists, tied for the fourth-highest single-season total ... Scored four match-winning goals ... Took 49 shots, most on the team ... Scored the decisive goal in the Wildcats' 2-1 victory over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (11/13) ... Scored match-winner at IPFW (10/19) ... Scored only goal in 1-1 tie with Michigan State (9/28) ... Had match-winner and an assist in 2-1 win at Drake (9/23) ... Scored both goals in 2-0 win at UW-Green Bay (9/17) ... Knocked home a PK for first NU goal in 2-1 overtime win vs. DePaul (9/14) ... Notched a goal and an assist in 2-2 tie with Eastern Illinois (9/12) ... Named to the Best Western Lakeside Classic All-Tournament Team ... Tallied first collegiate goal on a penalty kick against College of Charleston (9/5).
High School: Broke his previous school record with 46 goals as senior ... Earned Chicago Tribune Player of the Year and all-state accolades ... Beacon News All-Area, Kane County Chronicle All-Area, The Daily Herald All-Area and all-conference (Suburban Catholic Conference) ... Selected to all-state team by Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA), as well as the All-Midwest team ... Holds school record for career goals (90) ... Received all-conference, academic all-conference and Beacon News All-Area honors as sophomore ... Selected to the All-Sectional Team by IHSSCA as junior ... All-conference, Beacon News all-area and Daily Herald all-area team as junior ... Honorable mention all-area for Chicago Sun-Times ... Broke school record by scoring 27 goals; also added 12 assists ... Played his club soccer with Chicago Sockers.
Personal: Born Gerardo Augusto Alvarez on 12/1/84 ... Son of Enrique and Miriam Alvarez ... Chose NU over Indiana and Drake ... Majoring in communication studies.