Nov. 3, 2013
||No. 25 Northwestern 0, No. 23 Wisconsin 1
Lakeside Field • Evanston, Ill. • Attendance: 912
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EVANSTON, Ill. – The No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers defeated No. 25 Northwestern 1-0 on Sunday at Lakeside Field. The game featured the Big Ten’s two highest scoring offenses and was broadcast live on Big Ten Network.
“In a parity-driven league like this league that we have, where the last place team beats the first place team,” head coach Tim Lenahan said. “It comes down to the intangibles, and I thought [Wisconsin] had more of the intangibles today.”
The first half featured exciting offense from both teams, even if no goals were scored. Northwestern (9-5-3, 1-3-1) found a few good chances early on, largely from free kicks into the box after Wisconsin fouls and from excellent control in the middle of the field. Wisconsin (12-3-2, 3-2-0) was able to close off space just in time on these plays however, and NU could not convert.
On the other end of the field, Wildcats goalkeeper Zak Allen kept the score level with a diving save on a shot just a few yards out and Wisconsin missed scoring off the rebound by a few feet. The game continued at a fast pace and both teams consistently took the ball deep into opposing territory.
This fast play continued into the second half and eight minutes in both teams traded shots off the post, leaving both offenses still wanting for their first goal. Wisconsin would not have to wait much longer though, when a bad turnover just outside the box was controlled by Chris Prince and tapped quickly to Nick Janus for the score.
“We made a mistake. We can’t make mistakes,” Lenahan said. “Guys get tired, they start to wear down, make poor decisions and that’s probably what happened.”
The ‘Cats had their chances in the second half but Wisconsin never really lost their momentum and ended up outshooting the ‘Cats 13-6 in the second half.
Northwestern will conclude regular season play at on Friday, November 8 at 7 pm, taking on defending national champion Indiana at Lakeside Field.
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