Oct. 12, 2012
Northwestern (RV) (8-2-2, 2-0-0 B1G)
vs. Ohio State (5-7-1, 0-3-0 B1G)
Sunday, Oct. 14 Noon CT
Live Stats: Gametracker
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
TV: Big Ten Network (Chris Doran & Dean Linke)
Ticket Prices: $7 Adults $4 Youth/Seniors $3 Groups of 15 or more
Ohio State Match Notes
After back-to-back nonconference matches, the Wildcats return to Big Ten action Sunday, hosting Ohio State at noon at Lakeside Field. Sunday's match will air LIVE on the Big Ten Network with Chris Doran and Dean Linke on the call.
Northwestern students, be sure to stop by Lakeside Sunday to pick up your FREE NU Soccer Scarf while supplies last! NU Recognizes Dave Linn, Cycle for Survival Founder and Former Wildcat
Sunday is a special day for the Northwestern men's soccer program as it is Cancer Awareness Day. This year, the Wildcats welcome back Dave Linn, who played on the NU men's soccer team from 1991-94, as today's honorary captain. Dave is one of the founders of Cycle for Survival, an event that the Wildcat community is very active in. In respect of Cancer Awareness Day, Dave will be recognized prior to Sunday's match and a pink soccer ball will be used during the game.
Dave and his wife Jennifer founded Cycle for Survival in 2007. What started out as a small event among friends has quickly become a national movement to beat rare cancers and the event raises funds for research led by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). The NU men's soccer team, along with other Wildcat squads, regularly participate in Chicago's Cycle for Survival event. Sadly, Jennifer Goodman Linn lost her battle with cancer in 2011 but Dave continues run the event and the Wildcats still ride at Cycle for Survival in Jen's honor.
For more information on Cycle for Survival visit www.CycleforSurvival.org
. Last Time Out
Northwestern notched two beautiful first-half goals, and weathered the storm - both literally and figuratively - in the second half to hold on for a 2-1 win over No. 7 Notre Dame at Lakeside Field Tuesday night. After Joey Calistri
and Lepe Seetane
put the `Cats up 2-0 in the first half, the home team overcame shifting winds and a late goal from Notre Dame to post its first victory over a top-10 opponent since defeating No. 4 Akron in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
NU broke through in the 14th minute with a pinpoint pass and a clinical finish. Chris Ritter
put Joey Calistri
through the Notre Dame back line on a perfectly timed run at the far corner of the 18-yard box. Using one touch to put the ball onto his right foot, Calistri calmly tucked the shot into the far post past a diving Notre Dame goalkeeper Patrick Wall to give the `Cats a 1-0 lead.
Just five minutes later, Grant Wilson
sent a long ball deep into the Notre Dame half, which Calistri was able to track down and tackle away from the opposing center back. Seetane received Calistri's cross at the top of the box, made his defender miss with a deft first touch, and fired a lethal left-footed strike into the top left corner. The goal was Seetane's first of the year, and put NU up 2-0 in the 19th minute.
The wind picked up considerably with 20 minutes to go in the match, making it difficult for Northwestern to hold onto possession. The rain followed with under 10 minutes on the clock, as Notre Dame began to push forward aggressively for an equalizer.
With less than five minutes to play the visitors finally notched a goal. Patrick Hodan had his original shot blocked, but bullied his way to the rebound and slid a low shot in past the near post to cut NU's lead in half.
NU goalkeeper Tyler Miller
was huge down the stretch for Northwestern, finishing with a season-high six saves. Notre Dame outshot the 'Cats 21-9, including the 15-2 clip in the second half, but NU was able to capitalize on their opportunities early in the first half to record the win. Besting the Big Ten
According to head coach Tim Lenahan
, you don't defend a title, you win another. The Wildcats, who were the 2011 Big Ten Champions, are working towards winning another as they are currently 2-0-0 vs. the conference. In fact, NU has not lost a Big Ten match since 2010 and is on an eight-match unbeaten streak in Big Ten regular-season games (6-0-2) and is unbeaten in its last 10 matches vs. the conference (7-0-3; includes matches in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament). Count On Calistri
He may only be a freshman, but Joey Calistri
has been key for the Northwestern offense as the team's leading scorer so far this season. Calistri's goal vs. Notre Dame was his fifth of the season, but first since the Iona match on Sept. 14. He is the only NU player to have a two-goal game this year, notching two scores vs. Rhode Island. He scored his first career goal in NU's 2-1 OT win vs. Kentucky. The freshman from Deerfield, Ill., is near the top of the Big Ten in a number of offensive categories including goals (T-2nd; five goals), shots (5th; 23 shots), shots per game (6th; 1.92); points (T-3rd; 11), points per game (T-3rd; 0.92) and goals per game (T-2nd; 0.42). -Stats as of 10/11/12 Scouting Ohio State
The Buckeyes (5-7-1, 0-3-0) are searching for their first Big Ten win after falling to Indiana (2-0), Michigan (3-2, 2OT) and Michigan State (2-1). Ohio State snapped a two-game skid on Wednesday, shutting out Bowling Green 2-0 at home. Austin McAnena currently leads the Buckeyes with four goals and 11 points and is tied for the team lead with three assists. Two keepers have seen significant time in net as Alex Ivanov has seven starts with a 1.73 goals-against average while Alex Wimmer posts a 1.83 goals-against average in six starts.
Last year against the Buckeyes, NU took a 1-0 halftime lead after a header goal by Chris Ritter
and then extended its lead to 3-0 with two goals 13 minutes into the second half. The Wildcats then sustained a late OSU rally that included a penalty kick goal by Chris Hegngi in the 75th minute and another Hegngi goal in the 82nd minute to hold on for the 3-2 victory.
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