Oct. 1, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill.--No. 5 Northwestern (7-1-0, 1-0-0) returns home to Lakeside Field with a pair of games this week. NU hosts Bradley on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. CT and welcomes Big Ten rival Michigan State (RV) to Lakeside Field on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. CT.
Bradley (4-3-1, 0-0-0) dealt No. 1 UConn a 1-0 defeat Sept. 14 in Storrs, but surrendered an 89th-minute goal in Saturday's 1-0 loss to #6 Cal State Northridge at Shea Stadium.
Michigan State (5-1-1, 0-0-0) is receiving votes in this week's national poll. Sunday marks the Spartans Big Ten season opener, who are coming off a 2-0 victory against Northern Illinois on Sep. 28.
Northwestern and Michigan State are tied for the Big Ten lead with the fewest goals allowed this season (4). MSU also leads the Big Ten in assists (19). The Spartans' Tim Kreutz ranks t-3rd in the conference with eight goals. MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett leads the conference with a .875 save percentage and ranks second behind Northwesten's Tyler Miller in goals against average (0.55) and shutouts (5).
No. 5 `Cats Riding 7-Game Winning Streak
The Wildcats earned the No. 5 ranking in this week's NSCAA poll. NU has won its last seven games in a row, by a combined 16-1. Northwestern's seven consecutive victories is the second longest winning streak in the men's soccer school history (since 1980). NU's longest streak in school history was eight consecutive victories during the 1988 season.
NU Moves To No. 5 in National Poll
Northwestern moved up to No. 5 in this week's NSCAA National Poll, up from No. 7 last week. The No. 5 spot is Northwestern's highest ranking and first time in the top five since earning the No. 2 position on October 21, 2008.
The Wildcats are also ranked No. 3 in the nation by Soccer Amercia and No. 8 by College Soccer News.
NU sweeps B1G Player of the Week Awards (Medina named offensive POW, GK Miller tabbed defensive POW)
No. 7 Northwestern swept this week's Big Ten Player of the Week awards.
Freshman forward Brandon Medina was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and junior goalkeeper Tyler Miller earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Northwestern has now had at least one player selected as a Big Ten Player of the Week in each of the last four weeks.
Medina is the first Northwestern freshman to win Big Ten Player of the Week honors since Joey Calistri in 2012, who took home the honor twice last season (October 15 and November 5).
It marks the second time this season NU has taken home both Offensive and Defensive POW honors in the same week (September 9). It's also the first time the `Cats have swept both awards outright since October 15, 2012 (Joey Calistri-Offensive; Tyler Miller-Defensive)
Where They Rank
Sophomore forward Joey Calistri has tallied eight goals, two assists and 18 points this season. The eight goals and 18 points are the most in the Big Ten. In the nation, Calistri ranks third in total points and tied for third in goals.
Northwestern is tied with Wisconsin for the Big Ten lead in goals per game (2.12). NU and Michigan State are also tied atop the conference in fewest goals allowed (4).
Freshman Brandon Medina leads the Big Ten with five assists and ranks second behind teammate Joey Calistri with 11 points. Medina also ranks tied-fourth in the Big Ten with three goals.
Medina's five assist are tied for the sixth most in the nation.
Northwestern's 2-0 win against Michigan marked junior goalkeeper Tyler Miller's 25th career shutout. The 25 shutouts rank second in school history, behind Misha Rosenthal, who recorded 29 shutouts from 2005-09.
Miller's 6 shutouts during the 2013 season are the most in the Big Ten. He also has the conference's lowest goals against average this season (0.49).
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