April 16, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill.– Saturday, four area Division I men’s soccer programs will meet at Lakeside Field to determine who gets to take home city bragging rights as Northwestern hosts the third annual Chicago Cup. Admission is FREE for four-game spring exhibition tournament, which begins at approximately 3:30 p.m. Fans attending the Northwestern women’s lacrosse game at 1 p.m. are encouraged to stay after to catch the tournament. The television show “We Live Soccer”, which airs on FOX Soccer, will be at Lakeside Field Saturday, producing a documentary on the Chicago Cup.
“It is great for all four Chicago Division I teams to get together and play for a championship,” NU head coach Tim Lenahan said. “There is a great competitiveness among the schools, but also great camaraderie amongst the players and coaches. This is the only chance each year to see all the Chicago teams play at the same site at the same time.”
The Chicago Cup kicks off with an intriguing matchup featuring the Big Ten champions, Northwestern, and DePaul. Former NU director of soccer operations Mark Plotkin spent the last two seasons with the ’Cats, and the former Blue Demon player returns to the DePaul sideline as an assistant coach. According to DePaul’s official website, the Blue Demons are dubbing the first match of the Chicago Cup, the “Plotkin Cup”, so there is even more on the line in the first game of the tournament.
Game two features Loyola and UIC, two teams the ’Cats did not face during the 2011 campaign. The losers of the first two games meet in the consolation match (approximately 6 p.m.) while the winning teams battle for the Chicago Cup at approximately 7:15 p.m.
In its third edition, Northwestern is looking for its first Chicago Cup title. DePaul won the event in 2011 while UIC took the inaugural Chicago Cup crown in 2010.
NU is currently 3-0-1 in spring action and has yet to allow a goal. After a 0-0 tie at Wake Forest to begin the spring, NU has outscored its foes 6-0 in the last three games. Last weekend, the ’Cats shut out UW-Parkside, 3-0, and UW-Whitewater, 2-0, at Lakeside Field. Eric Weberman
leads NU with two goals in the spring while Reed Losee
has three assists and a goal so far.
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