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    No. 16 Wildcats Earn Hard Fought Tie Against No. 2 Notre Dame

    Oct. 15, 2013

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    Notre Dame No. 16 Northwestern 1 , No. 2 Notre Dame 1 (2OT)
    Alumni Stadium • South Bend, Ind. • Attendance: 587

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Outlined against a blue-gray (and rainy) October sky, the No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats fought the undefeated No. 2 Notre Dame Irish to a 1-1 tie in double overtime Tuesday night at Alumni Stadium.

    With the tie, Northwestern moved to 8-3-2 on the season, earning a point against the undefeated Irish (7-0-5), one of four undefeated teams remaining in the country.

    The Wildcats have not lost to the Irish since 2000, compiling a 3-0-3 record in the last six contests.

    “In overtime we had some heavy legs. Notre Dame’s a great team. They really took it to us in the second half and in the overtime, but proud of our guys,” head coach Tim Lenahan said “We earned a very difficult point on the road at a place that not too many people have come in here and earned. So, I’m proud of our efforts to get a draw.” 

    Trailing 1-0, Cole Missimo tied the game at 1-1 for the Wildcats, tallying his first career goal. Taking a pass from Joey Calistri, Missimo weaved his way to the middle of the field. He remained in control of the ball after Notre Dame goalkeeper Patrick Wall came out of the net to contest the shot, but Wall fell to the ground. With the open net, Missimo put the ball in between two Irish defenders and into the net.

    “We played a really good first half. We really contained Notre Dame and we were very unfortunate to be a goal down, so we knew we had to make a play and Cole Missimo picked a great time to score his first career goal,” Lenahan said. “We knew it was coming because he's so talented, but he made a great play on the goal, and then we hung on.”

    It was Calistri’s third assist of the year. He now has tallied 23 points on the season. 

    In overtime, Northwestern had an opportunity to end the game after 95 minutes. Calistri tried to pass through to Henry Herrill, but the Irish defense prevented the 'Cats to get a shot off.

    With just second remaining in the first overtime, Notre Dame nearly ended the game with a goal. However, Grant Wilson, standing on the goal line, was able to jump and head away a goal, forcing double overtime.

    In the game’s 36th minute, Notre Dame scored the first goal of the game. The Irish’s Evan Panken crossed the ball in front of the Northwestern goal. The ball squeezed through the back side of the field, where Max Lachowecki finished the attempt, pushing the ball past the net from two yards away 

    The Wildcats threatened 15 minutes into the game when Eric Weberman delivered a perfect pass to Lepe Seetane, who dribbled the pass past the Irish defenders to record a shot.

    The shot was deflected out of bounds but set up back-to-back corner kicks for Northwestern. Chris Ritter tallied a header shot on the second kick, but the ball didn’t go through the net.

    With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Joey Calistri took a breakaway ball, passed to Cole Missimo who found Seetane on the backside, but Northwestern couldn’t get a solid shot away.

    Calistri had another scoring chance in the final minute of regulation. He controlled the ball on a breakaway, but by himself, four Notre Dame defenders were able to swarm and hold off the threat to force overtime.

    Tuesday’s match against the Irish was the ‘Cats fifth overtime game of the season, including the team reaching double overtime in three of its last four matches. 

    The ‘Cats continue their three-game road trip, traveling to Ohio State on Sunday, Oct. 20 and Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 27 in B1G play.

    NU returns to Lakeside Field Wednesday, Oct. 30 against Loyola Chicago at 7:00 p.m. CT. 

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