Sept. 25, 2012
No. 18 Northwestern (6-0-2) vs. DePaul (2-5-1)
Wednesday, Sept. 26 • 6 p.m.
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DePaul Match Notes
DePaul Match Program
Ticket Prices: $7 Adults • $4 Youth/Seniors • $3 Groups of 15 or more
Promotional Info: NU students attending the match will receive a FREE t-shirt and Coca-Cola products while supplies last. Wednesday's match is a part of Wildcat Welcome Week and the Northwestern freshmen will learn the NU fight song during halftime of the match. Members of the NU men's and women's basketball teams will teach the fight song and the Northwestern University Marching Band will be in attendance. Wild Pride and members of the Wildside also will be at the match to help cheer on the 'Cats. Be sure to arrive early as a large crowd is expected for Wednesday!
After opening the 2012 Big Ten season Sunday, Northwestern takes a pause from conference action and faces cross-town rival DePaul for a midweek match Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Lakeside Field. A large crowd is expected at Lakeside Field as the match is part of the Wildcat Welcome Week festivities, so be sure to arrive early to secure your seat!
The Start of Something
Sept. 28, 2011 was a day to forget for the NU men's soccer team, but also one that provided a much-needed spark for the historic 2011 campaign and beyond. That date marks the last time Northwestern dropped a regular-season match, a 4-0 loss to DePaul, at Wish Field in Lincoln Park. Despite the unfavorable result, which put NU at 3-4-2 nine games into the season, the Wildcats completely switched gears and went on to post an 11-match unbeaten streak (8-0-3) that included the 2011 Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. It has been nearly a year since last year's loss to DePaul and the Wildcats still have not lost a regular-season match since Sept. 28, 2011.
Hard to Beat
The Wildcats have a number of unbeaten streaks going for them as the team has not lost a regular-season match in nearly a year. Here's a list of the current unbeaten streaks:
• 8-match unbeaten streak to start 2012 (6-0-2)
• 17-match regular-season match unbeaten streak (13-0-4, have not lost a regular-season match since Sept. 28, 2011 vs. DePaul)
• Unbeaten in 19 of last 20 games (14-1-5; lone loss came in 2011 NCAA Tournament)
• 7-match unbeaten streak in regular-season conference games (5-0-2)
• 9-match unbeaten streak vs. the Big Ten (6-0-3, includes matches in Big Ten Tournament)
• 13-match unbeaten streak at Lakeside Field (10-0-3)
Last Time Out
Northwestern began its Big Ten regular-season title defense with a 2-0 shutout of Michigan last Sunday. Sophomore Grant Wilson scored his first career goal off an NU free kick opportunity just outside the 18-yard box in the 22nd minute. Senior Chris Ritter took the free kick, sending it in to senior Nick Gendron, who found Wilson inside the six-yard box for the score. Northwestern played a majority of the second half with a man advantage as Michigan's Dylan Mencia received his second yellow card of the match in the 54th minute. About 10 minutes later, Ritter added an insurance goal for the Wildcats as he headed in Wilson's corner kick. Both Ritter and Wilson finished with three points in the game (a goal and an assist).
NU dominated the stat sheet vs. Michigan with the 14-5 advantage on shots (including 10-3 clip in the first half) and 9-2 on corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller saved two shots to record his fourth shutout of the season and third in the last three matches.
Northwestern currently leads the Big Ten in assists (17 in eight matches) and assists per game at 2.12. Penn State is second behind NU, averaging 1.75 assists per game with 14 helpers in eight matches. NU's lead in the assist category is thanks to five different Wildcats ranking within the top three in the conference in assists per game. Grant Wilson is far above the entire conference with five assists for a 0.62 assists per game average while freshman Henry Herrill ranks second in the Big Ten with 0.50 helpers per game (two assists in four matches). Seniors Chris Ritter, Nick Gendron and sophomore Eric Weberman are all tied for third in the Big Ten, along with PSU's Minh Vu, averaging 0.38 assists per game. With all of the assists, Northwestern also leads the conference in points, scoring 45 in eight matches for 5.62 points per game.
With NU's shutout of Michigan, sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller is now in sole possession of third on the program's career shutout list. The sophomore from Woodbury, N.J., has 13 shutouts in his 27 games played over the last two seasons. George Kokodynski is second in the record book with 16 (1987-90) while Misha Rosenthal's 29 shutouts (2005-09) stands as the program record. Miller and the NU defense have shut out their last three opponents and have not allowed a goal in more than 281 minutes (281:40). The last goal scored against Northwestern came late in the Rhode Island match (9/9).
The Blue Demons are 2-5-1 so far this year and dropped their Big East-opener last weekend to No. 14 Marquette. DePaul's two wins came against UIC (2-1) and Loyola (2-1) and earned a tie vs. Drake (1-1). Thiago Ganancio leads DePaul with three goals while Antonio Aguilar has two. Northwestern holds the 14-8-1 advantage all-time over its crosstown rival. DePaul assistant coach Mark Plotkin spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Northwestern as the director of soccer operations and earned a master's degree from NU in sports administration.
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