Oct. 30, 2013
||Northwestern 4, Loyola Chicago 1
Lakeside Field Evanston, Ill. Attendance: 352
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EVANSTON, ILL -- The Wildcats (9-4-3) scored four goals in 25 minutes and tied their season-high goal total in a 4-1 victory over the Loyola Ramblers (4-10-2) Wednesday night through a steady rain and dense fog at Lakeside Field.
"It's a huge win and we played really well for the first 25 minutes," head coach Tim Lenahan said.
The `Cats controlled the game early, after Ramblers midfielder Brian Lunar received a red card in the seventh minute. Loyola played a man down for the remaining 83 minutes of the game.
"It was kind of a nightmare start for them to get the penalty kick and then play with 10 men. But I thought they actually played very well with 10 men and kind of outplayed us in the second half."
The `Cats quickly capitalized on the Ramblers early mistake and took the opportunity to score. Senior midfielder Chris Ritter put the `Cats on the board with a goal from the following penalty kick. The goal was Ritter's fifth goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, the `Cats struck again. Sophomore forward Joey Calistri, the Big Ten leader in goals and points, put the `Cats up by two. Calistri scored his 12th goal of the season off a header fed to him by Ritter.
Calistri's 12th goal is also tied for the third most goals in a single season in NU history.
Along with Calistri, several sophomores stepped up for `Cats Wednesday night. Defenseman Henry Herrill scored two goals in less than two minutes to extend NU's lead to 4-0 and notch his first two goals of the season and the first multi-goal game of his career and sophomore goalkeeper Zak Allen earned his first career victory.
Herrill's second goal of the night came from 20 yards out on a breakaway down the left side of the pitch.
Loyola answered Herrill's shot and scored their first and only goal of the game in the 38th minute on a penalty kick.
Loyola head coach Neil Jones returned to Lakeside Field. Jones is in his first season as Ramblers head coach, and he spent the previous three season as the associate head coach of Northwestern.
"It's special to have him back and get him his ring from last year," Lenahan said. "He's a great coach."
The `Cats outshot the Jones' Ramblers 12-7 to extend their series lead over the Ramblers to 19-5.
Northwestern returns to Lakeside Field Sunday, Nov. 3 against Wisconsin.
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