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    'Cats Conclude Spring Schedule

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Eric Weberman led NU in scoring during the spring with three goals.
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    Freshman Eric Weberman led NU in scoring during the spring with three goals.
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    May 4, 2012

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern recently wrapped up its 2012 spring soccer schedule and posted a stellar 6-1-1 mark. The ’Cats hosted this year’s edition of the Chicago Cup and took home the title for the first time in the citywide tournament’s three-year existence.
     
    This year’s spring schedule was a challenging one from the start as the ’Cats traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. to play perennial NCAA tournament team, Wake Forest. The two teams battled to a 0-0 draw, but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Tommy Tombridge saw significant playing time and made a number of key saves for Northwestern.
     
    NU then played a trio of teams based in the state of Wisconsin. Freshman Eric Weberman scored the lone goal in Northwestern’s 1-0 win at UW-Milwaukee while the ’Cats also shut out UW-Parkside, 3-0 and UW-Whitewater 2-0, both at Lakeside Field.
     
    Northwestern continued to shut out opponents, posting a 3-0 win over DePaul and kept Loyola scoreless in the Chicago Cup championship game. The ’Cats and Ramblers played to a 0-0 tie but NU won this year’s title on penalty kicks. Junior Chris Ritter converted the fifth penalty kick for Northwestern after freshman goalkeeper Tyler Miller made the final save.
     
    The spring season then wrapped up at the University of Chicago where Northwestern recorded one final shutout, 2-0 against the host team. NU did not allow a goal until its final match, a 1-0 loss to Lewis University.
     
    “There were a lot of positives this spring and for the most part we played very well,” Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. “We made some adjustments to our formation midway through the UW-Milwaukee game and we really clicked after that. We played great the next two weekends and really hit all cylinders to win the Chicago Cup. Our primary focus was to defend well, play good soccer and win the Chicago Cup, so in that regard we have to feel good about our accomplishments.   
     
    “Individually I thought that Eric Weberman, Connor Holloway, Grant Wilson and Chris Ritter all raised their game significantly while Reed Losee and Scott Lakin were very productive. In goal, Tommy Tombridge really did a solid job in Tyler Miller’s absence not allowing a goal all spring. Overall, we made good progress in reinventing ourselves as we do each year, but we know there is lots of work ahead of us to have another successful season this fall.”
     
    Here are some basic stats from the 2012 spring schedule:
     
    Goals:
    Eric Weberman (3)
    Connor Holloway (2)
    Reed Losee (2)
    Grant Wilson (1)
    Chris Ritter (1)
    Jarrett Baughman (1)
    Kyle Schickel (1)
     
    Assists:
    Reed Losee (4)
    Grant Wilson (2)
    Scott Lakin (2)
    Chris Ritter (2)
     
    NU Spring Schedule/Results
     
    Saturday, March 10 (at Wake Forest)
    Northwestern - 0
    Wake Forest – 0
     
    Sunday, April 1 (at UW-Milwaukee)
    Northwestern - 1
    UW-Milwaukee - 0
    NU Goal: Eric Weberman (unassisted)

    Saturday, April 14 (Lakeside Field)
    Northwestern - 3
    UW-Parkside - 0
    NU Goals: Connor Holloway (Reed Losee, Grant Wilson)
    Grant Wilson (Scott Lakin)
    Eric Weberman (Scott Lakin, Reed Losee)

    Northwestern - 2
    UW-Whitewater - 0
    NU Goals: Reed Losee (Chris Ritter)
    Jarrett Baughman (Reed Losee)

    Saturday, April 21 (Lakeside Field) - Northwestern wins third annual Chicago Cup
    Northwestern - 3
    DePaul - 0
    NU Goals: Connor Holloway (Reed Losee, Chris Ritter)
    Reed Losee (unassisted)
    Chris Ritter (Grant Wilson)
     
    Championship Game
    Northwestern - 0
    Loyola - 0
    Northwestern wins on PKs ... Chris Ritter converts fifth PK after Tyler Miller made final save for NU

    Other Games
    Loyola - 1
    UIC - 0

    Consolation Game
    DePaul - 0
    UIC - 0

    Saturday, April 28 (at University of Chicago)
    Northwestern - 2
    University of Chicago - 0
    NU Goals: Eric Weberman (unassisted), Kyle Schickel (unassisted)

    Northwestern - 0
    Lewis University - 1

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