Sept. 26, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: DePaul 2, No. 18 Northwestern 0
Records: NU (6-1-2, 1-0-0 B1G), DePaul (3-5-0, 0-1-0 Big East)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Sept. 30 – at Michigan State – 2:30 p.m. – East Lansing, Mich. – Big Ten Network (LIVE)
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern hosted cross-town rival DePaul at Lakeside Field Wednesday night and saw its season-opening unbeaten streak come to an end as the Blue Demons escaped with the 2-0 victory.
“We were flat tonight and 100 percent credit goes to DePaul, they played great,” Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. “They had a really tough game on Sunday so they recharged, regrouped and came out and no if ands or buts, they were the better team tonight. They were better coached and they had a better game plan. They adjusted some things to stop us, which really kind of kept us from getting into our rhythm. They have a fantastic player who made two big plays and that’s the way the game ended.”
Northwestern was unable to generate many quality scoring chances, finishing with just six shots in the match (three in each half). The Wildcats had a favorable free kick opportunity about midway through the first half, but senior Chris Ritter’s kick was taken by the wind high above the crossbar. Junior Reed Losee had another quality chance in the first frame but his shot from inside the six-yard box was blocked.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller made two of his three saves in the first half, including one where he utlized his 6-foot-4 height to punch out a DePaul header in the 21st minute.
DePaul had the slight 4-3 advantage on shots as both teams were scoreless in the first half.
After shutting out their last three opponents, the Wildcats allowed two second-half goals. The Blue Demons got on the board in the 65th minute as Antonio Aguilar caught Miller out of position and slipped one into the net from about 12 yards out. He then put DePaul up 2-0 in the 76th minute with his second goal of the night.
NU was unable find the back of the net and was shut out for just the second time this season (0-0, 2OT tie vs. South Carolina on Sept. 2). DePaul had the 12-6 advantage on shots as both teams finished with two corner kicks.
Wednesday’s game was a physical one with four yellow cards issued and 36 fouls combined (23 for DePaul, 13 for NU).
NU carried an eight-match unbeaten streak (6-0-2) into Wednesday’s match and was unbeaten in its last 17 regular-season matches (13-0-4). DePaul has had NU’s number recently as the last regular-season loss was nearly a year to the date, when the Wildcats fell to the Blue Demons on the road on Sept. 28, 2011.
Northwestern looks to start up a new streak Sunday when it returns to conference action with a match vs. Michigan State in East Lansing. Sunday’s match is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and will air LIVE on the Big Ten Network.
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