Oct. 14, 2011
Northwestern (6-4-3, 1-0-1 Big Ten) at Penn State (6-5-2, 0-3-0 Big Ten)
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
University Park, Pa. • 1 p.m. (CT)
TV Info: Big Ten Network (Dan Kelly & Richard Broad on the call)
Northwestern Men's Soccer Notes (PDF)
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern is 3-0-1 in its last four matches and will be put to the test Sunday against Penn State in University Park, Pa. Wildcat fans can watch Sunday’s match LIVE at 1 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. Dan Kelly and Richard Broad are on the call.
Last Time Out
Scouting Penn State
Northwestern scored two goals off headers in the second half and freshman goalie Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace) saved three shots for his sixth shutout of the season as the Wildcats knocked off Northern Illinois 2-0 Wednesday at Lakeside Field. The scoring began on a Northwestern corner kick at the 57:42 mark. Peter O’Neill (Fairway, Kan./Rockhurst) took the corner and sent it in to Nikko Boxall (Auckland, New Zealand/Mt. Albert), who rose up to score off a header from about six yards out for his second goal of the year. Northwestern then scored an insurance goal in the closing minutes (86:24) on another header. This time, Nick Gendron (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) sent the ball in to Lepe Seetane (Lesotho, Africa/Trinity) as he headed it in past NIU goalie Jordan Godsey for his second goal of the year.
Penn State took on No. 5 Akron on the road Wednesday night and fell 1-0. PSU played down a man in the game’s final 40-plus minutes after a red card was issued to Julian Cardona. Wednesday’s loss was the second-straight for the Nittany Lions as they dropped another 1-0 decision at Michigan State on Oct. 9. Cardona, who has a team-high three goals, and Minh Vu lead PSU with seven points so far this season. Andrew Wolverton has started all 13 games in net for the Lions and has a 0.60 goals against average, which leads the Big Ten.
Last Time vs. Penn State
Penn State scored 39 minutes into the contest, but Kyle Schickel (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier) and Northwestern answered just 41 seconds later as the teams fought to a well-played 1-1 double-overtime tie at Lakeside Field last year. NU held a 5-2 edge in shots through the first 38 minutes of play before a Penn State flurry helped it get on the board first. A trio of Nittany Lion shots at point-blank range nearly resulted in a goal, but they weren’t able to capitalize. Included was an opportunity for Corey Hertzog, the nation’s leading goal-scorer, who had a wide-open goal but clanged one off the crossbar.
Hard to Beat
Northwestern is unbeaten in its last four contests (3-0-1) and has eight goals during that span, averaging 2.0 goals per game (1.23 goals season average for NU). Lepe Seetane leads the team with six points (two goals and two assists) and the last four. Kyle Schickel has a goal and three assists in the four-match unbeaten streak while Oliver Kupe (two goals) has four points. NU has just 12 second-half shots combined in the last four, but has made the most of those shots with five second-half goals. NU’s 22 first-half shots resulted in three first-half goals in the last four. Goalie Tyler Miller has logged 378:16 in the streak (Tommy Tombridge relieved Miller for 1:44 in the Notre Dame game) and has 13 saves.
Climbing up the Charts
Tyler Miller may only be a freshman, but he ranks as one of the top goalies in NU history already and in the Big Ten. He has a 0.80 goals against average (second in the Big Ten; third on NU’s all-time list) and six shutouts (second in Big Ten; tied for fourth on NU’s single-season shutout list).
Northwestern begins a three-match homestand next Wednesday when it hosts Loyola at 7 p.m. Wednesday’s match is the final nonconference game for the Wildcats this season.
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