Oct. 23, 2011
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: Northwestern 1, Wisconsin 0
Records: NU (8-4-3, 3-0-1), Wisconsin (7-6-2, 3-1-0)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Oct. 27 – vs. Rockford College (Lakeside Field), 6 p.m. (Please note this is an addition to the schedule)
EVANSTON, Ill. – It was a battle between the Big Ten’s top two teams Sunday afternoon but Northwestern was able to extend its unbeaten streak to six matches, defeating Wisconsin 1-0 in front of 657 fans at Lakeside Field. A second-half goal by Nick Gendron (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) proved to be the difference as Northwestern improves to 3-0-1 in Big Ten play, 8-4-3 overall and is 7-1-2 in its last 10 matches. The Wildcats came into today’s game chasing the Badgers in the Big Ten standings as both were unbeaten in conference play, but with today’s win, Northwestern is now the lone unbeaten team and moves into first place.
“I thought we played very well today,” Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. “I knew it was going to be a one-play game but I thought we played very well and we defended very well. The one thing is, when you’re able to keep the ball like we were today, you don’t have to defend as often. It’s a great win. Any Big Ten win is a great win.”
The first half provided little in terms of scoring chances as each goalie faced only two shots. Freshman goalie Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./ Bishop Eustace) made two saves for the ’Cats and junior midfielder Kyle Schickel (Louisville, Ky./ Saint Xavier) put two shots on goal.
The second half started much the same way with only a chance or two each way. The ’Cats came close 12 minutes into the half as Peter O’Neill (Fairway, Kan./ Rockhurst) crossed to Gendron and he headed it just over the bar from six yards out. Schickel continued to look dangerous as he headed just wide for his third shot of the game.
Gendron would redeem himself with 14 minutes to play as he scored off an NU corner kick opportunity. Reed Losee (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) took the corner and delivered the ball to Layth Masri (Louisville, Ky./ Louisville Collegiate) who sent a cross from the left side to Gendron and he headed it in from six yards out for the score. The goal was Gendron’s second of the season.
Tomislav Zadro continued to lead the Badger attack and took all three UW shots. Miller came up big each time and recorded his eighth shutout of the season, which puts him in sole possession of second on NU’s single-season list and ties for fifth on the school’s all-time shutout list. The ’Cats defense held strong all game and limited the Badgers attack to just three shots while NU had 10 looks, including three on goal.
Sunday’s game was a physical one with 15 total fouls, including 10 for Wisconsin. Northwestern shut out the Badgers in corner kick opportunities and had five of its own, including Losee’s attempt, which resulted in the goal.
Sunday’s win moves the ’Cats to 3-0-1 in Big Ten play and into sole possession of first place with two games left before the Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. The ’Cats host Rockford College on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a make-up game from last week’s cancelation against Loyola Chicago and take on nationally-ranked #13 Indiana at home next Sunday at 2 p.m.
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