Sept. 10, 2006
DeKALB Ill.-- These Wildcats like saving their best for last.
For the second time in the last three games, Northwestern came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to claim a 2-1 victory, this time over Drake Sunday afternoon in the final day of the adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational on the campus of Northern Illinois. Second half goals by David Roth and Carl Pett lifted the Wildcats to their third straight win and the tournament championship.
Northwestern has scored nine goals this season, eight of those coming after halftime. The win moves NU to 5-1 on the season, their best season start since going 6-1-1 in 2004.
"It's becoming kind of our thing to come back," head coach Tim Lenahan said. "I give Drake a lot of credit. They really played well in the first half and took us out of our game. We were kind of lucky to get out of the first half being only down 1-0. But we regrouped in the second half, made some tactical changes and really came out firing."
Those moves generated a lot more scoring opportunities as Northwestern took nine shots in the second half, compared to just three in the first.
Pett, who also assisted on the game-winner in Friday's win over Bradley, picked up the game-winning goal this afternoon--the first goal of his career.
"I can't say enough about Carl," added Lenahan. "His energy that he brings off the bench has really sparked us in our last three games--both from his work ethic and his ability to make plays."
Peter Kariotis put Drake on the board first in the 11th minute with an assist from T. J. Howard. Drake took that 1-0 into halftime, but only held on to the lead briefly into the second when Roth tied it up four minutes into the half with his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
(2-0) played the final 45 minutes in goal to pick up his second win of the season while recording two saves. Phillip Breuer took the loss for Drake, making seven saves. Will Briley
played the first 45 minutes, allowing the one goal while making three saves.
Daniel Chille recorded three shots on goal while Eamon O'Neill, Will Nicholas and Mark Blades also recorded a shot on goal.
The Wildcats now shift their focus to Big Ten play when they face Ohio State at 3 p.m. next Sunday in Evanston.
"We've had a good first third to the season," said Lenahan. "As we now head into Big Ten play, we know we have a long way to go still, but I'm very happy with the progress we've made as a team."
Carl Pett #20- Northwestern
Zach Bell #23- Bradley
David Crady #22- Bradley
Keith Gorczyca #11- Drake
T.J. Howard #22- Drake
Marcus McCarty #13- NIU
Curt Zastrow #9- NIU
Matt Corcoran #1 (GK)- NIU
Carl Pett #20- Northwestern
David Roth #2- Northwestern
Will Nicholas #16- Northwestern
Drew Ratner #4- Northwestern