Aug. 31, 2012
Site: Columbia, S.C. (Eugene E. Stone III Stadium)
Score: No. 25 Northwestern 2, Kentucky 1 (OT)
Records: NU (1-0-1), Kentucky (0-2-0)
Next NU Event:Sunday, Sept. 2 -- vs. South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.), Noon CT
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Louisville native Kyle Schickel haunted his home state school by posting the game-winning goal five minutes and 43 minutes into the first overtime as No. 25 Northwestern defeated Kentucky 2-1 in the opening game of the Gamecock Classic Friday afternoon.
It was the second overtime contest in as many games this season for the Wildcats who played Xavier to a 1-1 draw in their season-opener last Saturday.
"We played poorly in the first half and Kentucky played very well," Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. "We were fortunate to be down only 1-0. We challenged them a little at halftime to really turn it on.
"We fought back and battled. It's a great win on the road, especially after as poorly as we played in the first half."
NU played from behind for the majority of the contest as Kentucky jumped in front just 9:24 into the game as Matt Lodge scored from five yards out off an assist from Kristoffer Tollefsen.
Meanwhile, Northwestern struggled to get much going offensively in the first half as they managed just one shot while Kentucky had three over the opening 45 minutes of play.
The Wildcats from Evanston used the intermission to their advantage, though, as the attack came to life in the second stanza. NU forced Jack Van Arsdale to make three saves before it cashed in with the equalizer with 16 minutes remaining.
Freshman Joey Calistri, who had entered the game on a substitution just 81 second earlier, beat Van Arsdale for his first collegiate goal to make it a 1-1 contest. Nick Gendronassisted on the play.
Northwestern took 10 shots in the second half, including seven on goal, but neither team could notch the go-ahead score through the remainder of regulation. However, Schickel got the game-winner just past the midway point of the opening extra period when he headed home a shot, giving NU the victory. Gendron and Eric Weberman were credited with assists.
Northwestern finished with a 12-6 advantage in shots, while Kentucky had an 11-7 edge in corner kicks. Tyler Millermade two saves to earn the victory between the pipes.
Northwestern returns to action at noon Central time Sunday as it takes on host South Carolina.
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