Sept. 16, 2007
DeKALB, Ill. -
The Northwestern men's soccer team attacked UMKC early and often during its final contest of the NIU adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational Sunday afternoon and its persistence paid off as the 10th-ranked Wildcats defeated the Kangaroos by a score of 3-0.
NU remained undefeated on the season with the win, improving to 5-0-1 and continuing its best start in school history. UMKC fell to 3-2-1 with the loss.
"We had a pretty good performance and generated a lot of scoring chances against a good UMKC team that made us work for 90 minutes," Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said.
The Wildcats dominated play in the opening half, out-shooting the Kangaroos by a whopping 16-2 margin and holding a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks. However, Northwestern was unable to dent the scoreboard until David Roth finally cashed in during the 33rd minute of play following a throw-in. Matt Eliason and Pat Coleman were credited with assists on the play.
"The first 25 minutes of the match we played as well as we have all year and put pressure on UMKC but couldn't get the goal," said Lenahan. "Senior David Roth was able to score a great goal to get us going."
Northwestern maintained its precarious 1-0 lead into the start of the second half, but it didn't take long for Drew Ratner to double the advantage as he headed home Piero Bellizzi's corner kick to make it 2-0 at the 48:14 mark.
The freshman Bellizzi finally put the game out of reach at 80:44 as he recorded his first college goal off an assist from Tyler Voigt.
The Wildcats finished the match with advantages of 22-10 in shots and 15-0 on corner kicks.
NU will take its undefeated mark into Big Ten play next Sunday as it travels to Ohio State for a showdown against the 12th-ranked Buckeyes. The contest, which is scheduled to get underway at noon Central time, will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
"Big Ten play starts next week and we know we still have a lot of work to do if we want to be successful in the conference," Lenahan said. "The first third of the season has been pretty good so far."