June 25, 2013
2013 NU Men's Soccer Schedule • Printable 2013 NU Men's Soccer Schedule
EVANSTON, Ill. – The back-to-back Big Ten regular-season champion Northwestern men’s soccer team announced its 2013 slate today. Head coach Tim Lenahan's team faces a strong 18-game regular-season schedule, including matches against six teams that made appearances in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Season tickets for the 2013 season, which includes 10 games at Lakeside Field, will go on sale Monday, July 1 at 9 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775) or by ordering online at NUsports.com.
"As usual we are going to challenge ourselves schedule-wise," Lenahan said. "Right out of the gate we have national powers UCSB (2006 National Champions) and Xavier within the first week, with a game away against a very difficult opponent in DePaul in between – so we will know early where we will stand. Most of our out of conference games include teams that have been to the NCAA Tournament in the last few years, including quarterfinalists Bradley and St. Mary's and FDU who made the Sweet Sixteen last year. The usual rivalry with Notre Dame and then Big Ten play – arguably the nation's most competitive conference – mixed in with Illinois derby matches vs. Loyola, Northern Illinois and SIUE means that we will have to battle each and every game. With 10 home games, it is a great chance for the Chicagoland community to see some great soccer."
Before the 2013 season officially kicks off, Northwestern will play two exhibition matches in August. The ’Cats host Oakland at Lakeside Field on Aug. 20 and then visit one of their NCAA tournament foes from a year ago, Louisville on their home turf on Aug. 24. This will be a rematch from the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the ’Cats and Cardinals battled in a down-to-the-wire match. The exhibition contest also will serve as another homecoming for Louisville natives Layth Masri and Lepe Seetane.
The 2013 regular season begins at Lakeside Field Friday, Aug. 30 when the ’Cats take on UC-Santa Barbara. That same weekend, NU will meet Chicago rival DePaul on the Blue Demons’ home pitch, Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day). The road slate continues at Cincinnati as the ’Cats face Xavier, another 2012 NCAA Tournament team, Saturday, Sept. 7.
Northwestern will once again play in the annual NIU Tournament in DeKalb, Ill., where the ’Cats face Butler Friday, Sept. 13 and UW-Green Bay Sunday, Sept. 15.
September continues to be a busy month the team returns to Evanston on Friday, Sept. 20 to host their own tournament, the Lakeside Classic. NU welcomes St. Mary’s, an NCAA quarterfinalist in 2011, on Friday, Sept. 20 and hosts Fairleigh Dickinson, who made it to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Sunday, Sept. 22. Northern Illinois is the fourth team at this year’s Lakeside Classic.
Northwestern rounds out the month of September with its 2013 Big Ten opener, facing Michigan in Ann Arbor.
October brings the team back home for four consecutive home games as well as the annual Alumni Match. The ’Cats will kick off the month on Wednesday, Oct. 2, when the team welcomes Bradley. Former NU men’s soccer players are invited to attend the annual Alumni Match on Friday, Oct. 4 and then stick around for the Big Ten home opener Sunday, Oct. 6 against last year’s Big Ten Tournament Champions, Michigan State. Northwestern will wrap up its stretch of homes games with two nonconference matches against Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, respectively.
The ’Cats are off to South Bend, Ind. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to face Notre Dame. Last year, the Irish came into their game vs. the Wildcats ranked No. 7 in the country and eventually earned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. NU pulled off the upset, capturing a 2-1 victory at Lakeside Field to give the program its first win over a top-10 foe since 2008. These two teams have battled in some exciting games in recent history as the Wildcats are unbeaten in their last five games against the Irish at 3-0-2.
Northwestern will stay on the road and continue its Big Ten schedule, taking on Ohio State, Sunday, Oct. 20, and 2012 Co-Big Ten Champion Penn State, Saturday, Oct. 26. The final nonconference game takes place Wednesday, Oct. 30 when former NU associate head coach Neil Jones and his Loyola Ramblers travel north to Lakeside Field for a 6 p.m. match.
Northwestern’s last two regular season matches are both at home against Big Ten teams. The ’Cats welcome Wisconsin on Sunday, Nov. 3 and finish up the slate with a highly-anticipated match against the 2013 NCAA Champions, Indiana, on Friday, Nov. 8. The NU-IU series also has been a tight matchup recently as the record stands at 1-1-3 since 2009. Last year, the 1-1 tie in Bloomington helped the Wildcats claim the point it needed to capture a share of the Big Ten title for the second time in as many years.
Ohio State hosts the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, which runs from Nov. 13-17.
Northwestern returns a strong core from last year’s Big Ten Championship squad including 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Joey Calistri (forward), along with First-Team All-Big Ten honorees Tyler Miller (goalkeeper) and Nikko Boxall (defender). Additionally, 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Chris Ritter, who also earned First-Team All-Big Ten accolades last year, returns for a fifth season in the midfield with the Wildcats. NU posted a 13-6-4 record last year en route to its seventh NCAA tournament appearance and second conference crown under Lenahan, who begins his 13th season with the Wildcats in 2013.
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