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    No. 7 NU Defeats Michigan, 2-0, to Open B1G Play

    Sept. 28, 2013

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     Michigan No. 7 Northwestern 2, Michigan 0
    U-M Soccer Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich. • Attendance: 1,998

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    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 7 Northwestern opened up Big Ten Conference play with a 2-0 road victory against Michigan Saturday night in Ann Arbor in front of 1,998 fans.

    With the win, NU improved to 7-1-0 (1-0-0), winning its seventh consecutive game in a streak that has featured six shutouts.

    Sophomore Joey Calistri and freshman Brandon Medina each tallied goals on the evening for the Wildcats. Calistri, who entered the game tied for fourth in the nation in goals, registered his eighth goal of the season, while Medina's goal was the third of his freshman campaign.

    "We scored a fortunate goal in the first half to get the lead and then we scored a wonderful goal in the second half between Connor Holloway to Brandon Medina, with a beautiful slip to Joey Calistri," head coach Tim Lenahan said. "Once we got the two-goal lead, when you're on the road, you sit in a little bit and force the other team to break you down."

    Medina put the Wildcats on the scoreboard in the 28th minute when he connected on a challenging free kick setup 25 yards from goal on the right half of the pitch. It was one of two first-half shots for Northwestern.

    The Wildcats added to their lead almost immediately after the start of the second half on the well-timed combination play between Holloway, Medina and Calistri at the top of the 18-yard box. That left nearly 45 minutes for Northwestern to protect its two-goal advantage, and the Wolverines would record eight second-half shots on their way to 15 for the game.

    But Michigan struggled to keep their attempts on frame and junior goalkeeper Tyler Miller was able to make four saves between the pipes for his sixth shutout of the year and 25th of his career.

    Both teams earned four corner kicks on the evening.

    NU's seven-game winning streak is the second longest in school history (8, 1988). The 'Cats have outscored their opponents 16-1 in their current winning streak.

    "Winning on the road in the Big Ten is a really tough thing, so to be able to come in and get a 2-0 win is a great result for our guys," Lenahan said. "Michigan played really well and took it to us most of the game. They had some great chances, but we were fortunate all night. Michigan played great, but any road win in the Big Ten is a good one."

    Northwestern returns to Lakeside Field to face Bradley on Wednesday (Oct. 2). Start time in Evanston is slated for 6 p.m. CT.

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