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    No. 5 NU Drops Big Ten Home Opener 3-2 to MSU in 2OT

    Oct. 6, 2013

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    Michigan State Michigan State 3, Northwestern 2 (2OT)
    Lakeside Field • Evanston, Ill. • Attendance: 782

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    EVANSTON, Ill.- For the second time in a week, No. 5 Northwestern rallied late in the second half to force overtime. Unfortunately, the Wildcats couldn't find the back of the net in the extra time.

    On Sunday, NU lost 3-2 in double overtime in the team's Big Ten home opener against Michigan State.

    Trailing 2-1 with four minutes remaining in regulation, senior Lepe Seetane scored his first goal of the season, tying the game 2-2.

    During the first overtime, sophomore Joey Calistri took a pass from Connor Holloway in the seventh minute but had his shot saved by MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett. Neither team scored, so the Spartans and Wildcats headed into double overtime.

    With only 46 seconds remaining in double overtime, MSU's Adam Montague scored bounced a header hard into the left side of the goal past NU goalkeeper Tyler Miller, giving MSU the win, 3-2.

    "We can't give up three goals and win games, bottom line. So we really need to tighten it up a little bit, get back to getting zeros on the board. If you score two goals, you should win. The last two games we scored two goals and we should [have won] those games," Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. "We're not a 3-2 team. If we get in 3-2 games, we're going to lose them and that's exactly what happened today."

    In a scoreless first half, MSU outshot NU 14 to 4, but Tyler Miller contributed with seven Northwestern saves, which kept the momentum high.

    Northwestern's Chris Ritter scored three minutes into the second half scoring his third goal of the season, coming off a free kick following an MSU handball. It gave NU a 1-0 lead.

    MSU tied the game in the game's 75 minute with Ryan Thelen tied the game at 1-1. Only minutes later Tim Kreutz score again for the Spartans to give MSU a 2-1 lead.

    The game proved to be very physical, with fouls in the double digits for each team and a handful of yellow cards throughout the match.

    "I was proud of how we fought back, but disappointed that we didn't play the full 110 minutes," said coach Lenahan.

    The Wildcats stay at home this week, taking on Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Lakeside Field at 6:00 p.m.

    On Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Northwestern hosts SIU-Edwardsville. 

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