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    Hat Trick For Calistri Leads `Cats to Victory Over Green Bay

    Sept. 13, 2013

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    Green Bay Northwestern 4, Green Bay 0
    NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex • DeKalb, Ill. • Attendance: 124

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    DeKALB, Ill. - A hat trick by sophomore forward Joey Calistri, the fourth hat trick in Northwestern school history, led Northwestern to a 4-0 win over Green Bay in the NIU Tournament at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex Friday.

    It's the first hat trick by a NU player since Matt Eliason tallied three goals aginast Eastern Illinois on Sep. 12, 2008. 

    Also, in school history, Patrick Eggen accomplished the feat against North Park Oct. 24, 1997. Andrew McDermott was the first Wildcat to tally three goals in a match, doing so Oct. 21, 1995 against UIC.

    "Games like today are a lot of fun to play in," Calistri said. "From the beginning we were really feeling it today and that's really enjoyable. When you get a couple of goals early, it always makes it easier."

    Calistri has now scored five goals in the Wildcats last two games.

    Calistri opened the scoring after taking a pass from freshman midfielder Brandon Medina, knocking in a shot to give the `Cats a 1-0 lead 24:53 into the game.

    Just 80 second later, Calistri scored his second goal of the game, off an assist from senior midfielder Chris Ritter, scoring on a header and Northwestern led 2-0 at the game's 26:13 mark.

    His third goal, at 64:48, came off assists from senior Lepe Seetane and junior Nikko Boxall.

    He now has 14 career goals at Northwestern. Coming off a two-goal performance in NU's last game against Xavier on Sep. 7, it marked Calistri's third career multi-goal performance. He became the first Wildcat to do so since Oliver Kupe (2008-11). Kupe also registered three career multi-goal games.

    Junior midfielder Eric Weberman scored his first goal of the season at the 65:54 mark and NU led 4-0.

    Junior goalkeeper Tyler Miller made two saves in the win, earning his 22nd career shutout, the second most in school history (29 -- Misha Rosenthal, 2005-09).

    In the game, NU outshot Green Bay 8-3 and 7-2 on shots on goal, while taking 11 corner kicks. Green Bay did not attempt a corner kick in the entire game.

    Northwestern faces Butler on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the NIU Tournament. The Wildcats return home with the Lakeside Classic and hosts Saint Mary's on Friday, Sep. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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