Sep 5, 2013
The Last Meeting
August 25, 2012
Exciting Season-Opener Ends in 1-1 Draw vs. Xavier
Northwestern used every last second in its 2012 season opener against Xavier Saturday night at Lakeside Field, scoring the equalizer with nine seconds left in regulation to force overtime. NU's junior midfielder Chris Ritter scored the penalty kick after sophomore forward Eric Weberman was fouled in the box with nine seconds to play.
Northwestern vs. Xavier Match Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to face Xavier on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the XU Soccer Complex. The Wildcats are coming off a thrilling 1-0 double-overtime win over DePaul. Xavier is entering the game with a 0-2-0 record. The Musketeers fell to Furman 4-3 (2OT) and College of Charleston 1-0 in the College of Charleston Tournament from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Xavier head coach Andy Fleming, now in his fourth season, served as an associate head coach to Tim Lenahan at Northwestern, helping the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament in each of his three years with the program. Under Fleming, the Musketeers have reached the NCAA Tournament and won the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2010 and 2011.
So We Meet Again
Northwestern and Xavier met in the 2012 season opener, and the game ended in an exciting 1-1 tie in double-overtime on Aug. 25, 2012 at Lakeside Field.
Northwestern used every last second against Xavier, scoring the equalizer with nine seconds left in regulation to force overtime. NU's midfielder Chris Ritter scored the penalty kick after forward Eric Weberman was fouled in the box with nine seconds to play.
Northwestern's scoring opportunity began with a heads-up play by goalkeeper Tyler Miller. With the clock winding down, he sprinted to stop an Xavier clear out from going out of bounds, which prevented a goal kick. Miller then punted the ball towards the Xavier half of the field and after a few header attempts, Weberman was fouled in the box, setting up the NU penalty kick.
Ritter scored the first goal of the season for Northwestern, sending it past Xavier goalkeeper Justin Marshall on the right side. Neither team was able to score in the two overtime periods, despite six shots by the Wildcats (three in each OT), and the opener ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Wildcats have already had plenty of contributions this season from their freshman class. Forward Mike Roberge scored NU's first goal of the season, knocking the ball in against UC Santa Barbara on Aug. 30. Midfielder Brandon Medina scored the `Cats game-winning goal against DePaul on Sept. 2. Medina also assisted on Roberge's goal vs. UCSB and the freshman leads the team with three points.
Miller Keeps Opponents Off the Board
Northwestern's 1-0 (2OT) win against DePaul on Sept. 2 marked junior goalkeeper Tyler Miller's 20th career shutout. The 20 shutouts rank second in school history, behind Misha Rosenthal, who recorded 29 shutouts from 2005-09.
Most Career Shutouts in Northwestern History
1. 29 -- Misha Rosenthal, 2005-09
2. 20 -- Tyler Miller, 2011-Present
3. 16 -- George Kokodynski, 1987-90
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