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    'Cats Come Back to Tie No. 10 Indiana, 2-2 on Senior Day

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Oliver Kupe had four shots Sunday and one that found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
    Senior Oliver Kupe had four shots Sunday and one that found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.

    Oct. 30, 2011

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    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
    Score: Northwestern 2, No. 10 Indiana 2 (2OT)
    Records: Northwestern (9-4-4, 3-0-2), Indiana (10-3-4, 2-1-2)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Nov. 5 – at Michigan, 4 p.m. CT

    EVANSTON, Ill. – It was Senior Day Sunday for Northwestern and Oliver Kupe (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) came through in a big way in his final regular season home match at Lakeside Field. Kupe assisted on a first-half goal for the Wildcats, putting them up 1-0 and scored one of his own with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to send the game to extra time. After 20 minutes of overtime, Northwestern tied 2-2 with No. 10 Indiana to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play (3-0-2) and in its last eight matches (6-0-2).

    “I thought it was a great college soccer game,” Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. “I’m really proud of our team. They battled back against a very good team in Indiana and we battled back and got the result. Again, Ollie (Oliver Kupe) shows why he’s big game Ollie. I’m happy with our effort. A tie is a fair result.”

    Rain and wind played a factor in Sunday’s game with gusts reaching up to 30 miles per hour, yet three of the four goals were scored heading into the wind. Northwestern played into the wind in the first half and jumped out to a 1-0 lead despite Indiana’s 10-5 advantage on shots in the frame. Lepe Seetane (Maseru, Lesotho/Trinity) scored in the 37th minute from 12 yards out into the lower left off a drop from Kupe, who received it from Peter O'Neill (Fairway, Kan./Rockhurst) for his fifth goal of the season. The Wildcats also battled through six Indiana corner kicks in the period.



    In the second half, Indiana was able to fight off the wind twice to jump out to a 2-1 lead. Alex Purdie passed off to A.J. Corrado to tie the game 1-1 at the 52:54 mark. Indiana then scored again in the 67th minute as Eriq Zavaleta eluded NU goalkeeper Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace) and he narrowly finished ahead of a Northwestern defender.

    Trailing 2-1, Kupe stepped up once again for the ’Cats at the 84:54 mark. Chris Ritter (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) crossed in to Reed Losee (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) who dropped it off for Kupe as he knocked it in past IU goalkeeper Lius Soffner for the score. It was Kupe’s team-leading seventh goal of the season.

    Northwestern had four more looks at the net and kept Indiana off the board before the end of regulation. The ’Cats outshot IU 8-5 and had an 8-0 advantage on corner kicks in the second half.

    There was very little action in the first overtime, but things got physical in the second as IU’s Jamie Vollmer and Seetane each received yellow cards at the 106:34 mark. The double cards set up a free kick for Northwestern, but the ’Cats were unable to record a look at the net.

    Indiana took the only shot of the overtime periods as Purdie’s header went wide in the 108th minute. The Hoosiers looked like they had the game won in the final minute as Zavaleta put a shot into the net, but they were whistled for offsides, which negated the goal and kept the final score at 2-2.

    Six yellow cards were issued Sunday; three for each team. Kupe, Kyle Schickel (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier) and IU’s Jacob Bushue and Purdie also received cards. Indiana had 14 fouls compared to seven for NU.

    In goal, Miller saved three shots, all in the first half, for NU. Soffner recorded two saves and each squad had a team save.

    Sunday’s game marked the third tie for Northwestern against a ranked opponent this year. The ’Cats also tied 0-0 with then-No. 7 California on Sept. 1 and 1-1 at then-No. 11 Notre Dame Oct. 5.

    Northwestern wraps up the regular season on the road Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. against Michigan. Saturday’s game is big for the ’Cats as they are still fighting to clinch the regular season conference championship and play for a No. 1 seed at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.


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