Nov. 14, 2013
||Northwestern 2, No. 13 Wisconsin 1
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Columbus, Ohio Attendance: 328
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Northwestern earned a huge win in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, defeating No. 13 Wisconsin 2-1 Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The `Cats (10-6-3, 2-4-1) ranked as the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten tournament, but it a parity-driven conference, NU was able to knock off No. 2 seed Wisconsin.
Northwestern advances to face No. 20 Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m. CT, which will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.
The win over the Badgers (13-4-2, 4-3-0), ranked No. 13 nationally, marked Northwestern's first win over a team ranked that high since the Wildcats beat No. 7 Notre Dame 2-1 on Oct. 9, 2012.
"We've really struggled over the last three weeks losing a few of our players to injuries. It was a huge confidence boost to have them back and we were able to jump on Wisconsin early," head coach Tim Lenahan said. "Then we were able to hang on. Wisconsin's a good team. There's a reason they have 13 wins. They've got a lot of seniors. We're going to enjoy this tonight and move forward tomorrow."
Grant Wilson opened the game's scoring in the game's 30th minute.
Attacking in the Badgers end, the `Cats attempted two consecutive corner kicks. On the second attempt, Cole Missimo kicked the ball in and Wilson found the ball. The kick hit the bar and bounced back in the field of play after going in the net.
Wilson celebrated his second goal of the season before being mobbed by his teammate, but it took a short delay before calling a goal.
Just seven minutes later (36:57), Northwestern got on the scoreboard again. Missimo recorded his second assist of the game. Dribbling the ball into the Wisconsin end, he placed a beautiful pass to Eric Weberman in the second of the field. Weberman tallied his second goal of the season, kicking his shot just inside the far post and into the back of the net. The Wildcats led 2-0.
NU took the 2-0 lead into halftime, but Wisconsin got back in the game at 58:45, tallying the game's second goal off of a corner kick. Carl Schneider put the ball in hard in front off the net after controlling the corner kick by Tomislav Zadro, making it 2-1.
With under five minutes remaining in the game, Northwestern attempted to put the game away. Joey Calistri controlled the ball near the team bench and found Lepe Seetane, who raced downfield, slipped past Badgers defenders to find Nathan Dearth on the back side of the goal, who easily put the ball in the back of the net.
However, Dearth was called offside and it remained 2-1 Northwestern.
Despite the call, NU was able to stave off the Badgers for the remainder of the game to get the win.
"This team earned it with all the injuries," Lenahan said. "They've stuck together and I'm really happy with our team."
Goalkeeper Tyler Miller returned for the `Cats in his first game starting since Oct. 15. The Badgers outshot NU 12-6, including 6-2 in the second half.
Wisconsin also attempted eight corner kicks to NU's two. Miller made five saves to hold off the Badgers.
NU was efficient with its chances, scoring on two of four shots on goal and converting one of the team's two corner kick attempts into a goal.
Friday's game against the Spartans is a rematch of the two team's earlier meeting this season at Lakeside Field on Oct. 6. The Big Ten rivals fought to double overtime until MSU pulled out a 3-2 victory.
Including that matchup, the last three times the teams have played each other, the game's have reached double overtime. NU won 2-1 in 2012 and the teams tied 1-1 in 2011.
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