Aug 20, 2013
NU vs. Oakland Box Score
EVANSTON, Ill. - After 100 minutes of exhibition soccer at Lakeside Field, No. 19 Northwestern and Oakland finished with a 0-0 draw. In NU's lone home exhibition match of the season, the Wildcats used Tuesday's contest as a chance for veterans and newcomers to play together for the first time in a game setting.
Northwestern and Oakland played two 40-minute halves and an extra 20-minute period at Tuesday's exhibition. During the first frame, neither team had many looks at the net as each fired off just one shot. Lepe Seetane's look from just inside the 18 was blocked by Oakland and the Golden Bears' Shawn Claud Lawson had a chance that was saved by MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree, goalkeeper Tyler Miller. NU had two corner kicks compared to just one for Oakland in the first frame.
The Wildcats separated themselves in the second half with eight shots, including two looks in the opening minutes by Grant Wilson and Nikko Boxall, while Oakland did not have a chance all half. Seetane had three shots in the second frame, including his best look at the 67:47 mark, a header that Oakland keeper Sean Lewis pushed just over the crossbar for the save. His third shot of the half just skimmed the left post wide, keeping the score at 0-0 at the end of 80 minutes.
Four freshmen saw their first playing time at Lakeside Field including, midfielder Nate Dearth, forward Mike Roberge, midfielder Jeff Hopson and midfielder Brandon Medina, and all four played the entire 20-minute third period. In total, 21 Wildcats saw playing time.
Head coach Tim Lenahan utilized two goalkeepers on Tuesday as sophomore Zak Allen subbed in for Tyler Miller during the second half and logged 38:50 in net, making four saves. Miller had one save in 61:10.
NU finished with the 11-9 advantage on shots and 4-1 clip on corner kicks. Oakland made four saves, all in the second frame.
Northwestern has one final exhibition match before officially kicking off the 2013 campaign at Lakeside Field on Friday, Aug. 30 vs. UC Santa Barbara. The Wildcats take a road trip to face 10th-ranked Louisville Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. CT. These two teams most recently met during the third round of the NCAA tournament a year ago. Saturday's match also is a homecoming for Louisville natives Seetane and senior Layth Masri.
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