Oct. 2, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill.-No. 5 Northwestern furiously staged a two-goal rally to force overtime against the Bradley Braves Wednesday night at Lakeside Field.
However, the Wildcats ultimately fell in the extra period and Bradley upset NU 3-2 at Lakeside Field.
Trailing 2-0 with just 15 minutes remaining in regulation, the `Cats (7-2-0) were able to tie the game with a pair of Joey Calistri goals.
At 76:37, Calistri took a pass from Connor Holloway from the middle of the field and found the back of the net to get NU on the board. Just eight minutes later, Calstri's second goal of the game tied the game at 2-2, after taking a pass from Chris Ritter in the middle of the field.
Bradley (5-3-1) scored both of its goals off Northwestern turnovers. Christian Okeke put the Braves on the board with a goal in the eighth minute and Aaron Birk made it 2-0 at 52:44.
"The first fifteen minutes of the game we were not ready to play," Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. "I even said on the sidelines, `We're about to give up an early goal.' You could feel it,"
The loss snapped the Wildcats' 7-game winning streak, which was the second longest in school history (8-1988). It was NU's first loss August, a 3-1 defeat to UC-Santa Barbara on Aug. 30.
"We woke up but that second goal stung a bit," Lenahan added. "That's just a mistake and we can't make mistakes. So you fight like crazy to get back into the game and then one play on the other side breaks your heart."
Calistri, who entered the game t-4th in the nation in goals and leading the Big Ten, now has 10 goals this season and 19 in his career. The 19 goals rank t-10th most in school career history. His 10 goals are t-9th most in a single-season in Northwestern history.
This marked the sophomore's fourth career multi-goal game, which is the most by a player since Matt Eliason.
Despite the early goals, NU was on the offensive attack most of the game, pressuring the Braves out-shoting them 17-14 and taking seven corner kicks to BU's two.
Northwestern hosts Michigan State in the team's Big Ten home opener at Lakeside Field Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 pm CT.
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