Aug. 31, 2007
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David Roth, Carl Pett and Mark Blades each recorded first-half goals as the 14th-ranked Northwestern men's soccer team opened its 2007 season Friday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over Colgate as part of the Lakeside Classic.
Northern Illinois and Bucknell tied 1-1 in the first game of the Classic, with both contests being played at Loyola Soccer Park due to construction on Northwestern's Lakeside Field complex.
"I thought that the first 15 minutes of the match, both teams were feeling each other out," Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. "We really hit our stride at the end of the first half against a team that is difficult to score against. We're happy to get three goals, but we need to learn to keep our foot on the pedal, especially some of our guys off the bench.
"We have a long way to go, but to get a 3-0 win against any team, especially one as good as Colgate, is one you have to be happy with."
Roth, a first-team All-Big Ten selection a year ago, started the scoring in the 21st minute as he took a feed from Matt Eliason and put a volley past Colgate keeper David Cappuccio. Piero Bellizzi was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Wildcats increased their lead to 2-0 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the opening stanza when Pett took a crossing pass from Bellizzi and put the ball off the inside post and into the net.
Northwestern finished off the scoring at the 40:12 mark as Mark Blades took Eamon O'Neill's corner kick and put it away to give the Wildcats a three-goal lead that would be more than enough.
Goalkeeper Misha Rosenthal went the distance for Northwestern, collecting a pair of saves in earning the shutout. The Wildcats finished with a 12-8 advantage in shots, including an 8-3 margin in the opening half.
Lakeside Classic play will continue Sunday back on the Northwestern campus as Northern Illinois takes on Colgate at noon followed by the Wildcats and Bucknell at 2:30 p.m.