Oct. 11, 2011
Northwestern (5-4-3, 1-0-1 Big Ten) vs. Northern Illinois (8-3-0, 0-2-0 MAC)
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
Evanston, Ill. • 7 p.m.
Webstream: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
NU Men's Soccer Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern looks to keep its three-game unbeaten streak alive when Northern Illinois comes to Evanston for a 7 p.m. match at Lakeside Field Wednesday. The first 150 fans through the gates will receive a FREE Northwestern drawstring bag.
Kupe Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week
Senior Oliver Kupe (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) won his first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award for scoring two goals last week. Kupe evened the score at 1-1 in NU’s tie with No. 12 Notre Dame and scored a goal to put Northwestern up 2-0 in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Ohio State. NU now has three players honored by the Big Ten this season, which is the most since four were recognized for the weekly award during the 2009 campaign.
Last Time Out
Northwestern scored three goals and held off a late Ohio State rally to win 3-2 in Columbus Sunday. The Buckeyes were in first place heading into Sunday’s game. More than 35 minutes passed before NU scored its first goal. Chris Ritter (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) tallied his third goal of the season off a header at the 35:35 mark. Jarrett Baughman (Bloomington, Ind./North) and Grant Wilson (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst) each assisted on the goal. Oliver Kupe scored his second goal of the week, and team-leading fifth of the season, at the 47:28 mark on another header. Kyle Schickel (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier) and Lepe Seetane (Lesotho, Africa/Trinity) assisted. Schickel then scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 57:49 mark as Baughman recorded another assist, along with Peter O’Neill (Fairway, Kan./Rockhurst). Ohio State scored two goals in the final 15 minutes but NU held on for the 3-2 win and its first conference win of the season.
Scouting Northern Illinois
NIU is 8-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in MAC games so far this year. The Huskies went 1-1 last week, defeating Marquette in double-overtime and falling 2-0 against third-ranked Akron. Gael Rivera leads NIU with seven points (three goals, one assist) while three other players have six points. Jordan Godsey started all 11 games for the Huskies and has a 0.70 goals against average and six shutouts. NIU does most of its damage early with eight goals in the first half.
Last Time vs. Northern Illinois
The Huskies also traveled to Lakeside Field last year and came away with the 2-0 win against Northwestern. A combined 36 fouls were called in the match. NIU’s Mike Mascitti scored the first goal as he took a long free kick from Mino Kayser and put in a shot to the back post. Finn Jor headed the second goal in at the 80:53 mark for an insurance goal. Prior to last year’s match, Northwestern had won two straight against the Huskies.
Northwestern is unbeaten in its last three contests (2-0-1) and has six goals during that span, averaging 2.0 goals per game (1.17 goals season average for NU). Kyle Schickel has five points during the three-game span with one goal and three assists while Oliver Kupe (two goals) and Lepe Seetane (one goal, two assists) each have four points. NU has 30 shots in the last three games and 19 of those have come in the first half. Goalie Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace) has played 288:16 in the last three (Tommy Tombridge relieved Miller for 1:44 in the Notre Dame game) and has 10 saves, including six in the second half.
Fast Facts from Sunday
Northwestern had a few notable numbers from Saturday’s 3-2 win over Ohio State:
- Northwestern has now won six-straight regular season games against the Buckeyes.
- NU’s three goals were a season high.
- Northwestern’s six assists are the second most in a single game for any Big Ten team this season.
- The 12 points by Northwestern (three goals, six assists) tie for the second-highest point total in the conference.
- Baughman’s two assists in the game ties for the Big Ten lead.
Northwestern returns to Big Ten action Sunday and visits Penn State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT in University Park and Sunday’s match will air live on the Big Ten Network.
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