Oct. 5, 2011
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Site: Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Field)
Score: Northwestern 1, No. 12 Notre Dame 1 (2OT)
Records: Northwestern (4-4-3, 0-0-1 Big Ten), Notre Dame (5-2-3)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m. (CT) – at Ohio State
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Oliver Kupe (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season to help Northwestern come back for a 1-1 tie with No. 12 Notre Dame Wednesday night at Alumni Field. Kupe’s goal evened the score in the 79th minute and both teams battled in double-overtime, but the Wildcats and Fighting Irish played to a 1-1 draw for the second-straight season.
“It was a great effort on our part and a well-earned tie,” Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. “I thought the first half, even though we were down a goal, we really were able to keep the ball and create some chances. They got behind us for their goal, but in the second half, we were able to battle back and keep fighting and scrapping. Tyler Miller did a great job of making a save (in the second half) to keep them off the board and give us a chance and we got the tie.”
Both teams played evenly as each squad finished with an identical 11 shots and three shots on goal. Kupe lead the Wildcats with three shots, two on goal while Notre Dame’s Ryan Finley had four shots, three on goal.
Notre Dame had the 1-0 lead heading into halftime, despite Northwestern’s 6-2 advantage on shots in the first half. Finley scored off an assist by Adam Mena in the 38th minute for the first score of the game.
The Irish held the lead for most of the second half but Kupe fired a shot from nine yards out that went through the Notre Dame goalkeeper’s legs. Lepe Seetane (Lesotho, Africa/Trinity) set up Kupe’s goal for his second assist of the season.
Kupe was able to fire one more shot before the end of the half but it was saved by Notre Dame goalkeeper Will Walsh, forcing extra time.
“Oliver Kupe, last time he played at Notre Dame (in 2008), he had two goals in the NCAA Tournament, so he was very good tonight,” Lenahan said. “We ran out of gas a little bit in the overtime, but up until that point I thought we played well.”
Notre Dame had the 4-2 advantage on shots in the two extra periods and NU goalkeeper Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace) had a save. Miller finished with two saves, the other coming in the second half.
Wednesday’s game was a physical one with 33 total fouls (18 for Northwestern, 15 for Notre Dame) and four yellow cards. Nikko Boxall (Auckland, New Zealand/Mt. Albert), Kupe and Kyle Schickel (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier) all received yellow cards in the second half while Notre Dame’s Leon Brown received one in the second overtime.
After three-straight nonconference games, Northwestern returns to Big Ten action Sunday, visiting Columbus, Ohio, for a 1 p.m. match against Ohio State.
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