Oct. 16, 2012
No. 24 Northwestern (9-2-2, 3-0-0 B1G)
at Loyola (2-7-2, 1-1-2 Horizon League)
Wednesday, Oct. 17 • 7 p.m. CT
Loyola Soccer Park
Live Video: HorizonLeague.org
Live Stats: Gametracker
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
Loyola Match Notes
The Wildcats take a break from conference play Wednesday, traveling down the road to face off against Loyola at 7 p.m. NU is looking for its 10th win of the season, which would mark the seventh time in the last nine years that the Wildcats have reached the 10-win mark.
Last Time Out
Hanging on to their perfect conference record, the Wildcats defeated Ohio State last Sunday 1-0 at Lakeside Field. Sophomore forward Eric Weberman found the back of the net in the last 10 minutes of the first half, using the wind advantage to curl in a free kick from about 40 yards out. Tight defense by the ’Cats held Ohio State to only one shot in the first half that was saved by Tyler Miller.
Northwestern stayed strong the rest of the game despite a flurry of shots by the Buckeyes in the second half. Weberman had another close attempt in the second half that hit the crossbar and junior midfielder Lepe Seetane forced Buckeye goalie Alex Wimmer to make a diving save early in the second half. Miller had another key save in the last seconds of game, stepping out to grab a long throw in.
Where the ’Cats Rank
The NSCAA released its latest poll on Tuesday and NU is back in the top 25, coming in this week at No. 24. Here’s a look at the various soccer polls:
• NSCAA: No. 24
• TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament Rankings: No. 6
• College Soccer News: No. 20
• Soccer America: No. 21
• NCAA RPI (Oct. 15): No. 28
Sweeping the Big Ten
On Monday, Northwestern swept the Big Ten Player of the Week awards. Freshman forward Joey Calistri clinched the offensive honors after scoring his team-leading fifth goal of the season and assisting on the game-winning goal against No. 7 Notre Dame. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller picked up his third Big Ten Weekly honor on the defensive side. Miller battled 21 shot attempts by Notre Dame, holding them to one goal and making a season high of six saves. He also picked up his fifth shutout this season against Ohio State on Sunday. Calistri and Miller are the second and third Wildcats to pick up the Big Ten Weekly Awards this season.
Flipping the Script
Northwestern is usually known to be a second-half squad with 13 of its 19 goals on the season coming after halftime (10 in second half, two in first OT, one in second OT). In the last three games, NU has done its damage early with a goal in the first half against Bradley, two quick strikes within the first 20 minutes vs. No. 7 Notre Dame and the lone goal of the match vs. Ohio State came in the first half. Four of NU’s seven first-half goals have come in the last three matches.
No Assist Necessary
While Northwestern continues to lead the Big Ten in assists (21) and assists per game (1.62), the Wildcats scored their goal on Sunday vs. Ohio State without any help. Eric Weberman’s score off a free kick was just the fourth time this season NU didn’t record an assist on a goal. Two of those goals were off Chris Ritter penalty kicks and the third was another Weberman goal, his first career score, against Rhode Island.
The Wildcats have been featured on a number of programs in the last week. Here’s a few links to get you up to speed:
• Lenahan a Guest on Big Ten Network Soccer Report
• Lenahan a Guest on Wildcat Insider on WGN Radio
• We Live Soccer Seetane Feature
• Baughman Named to TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week
Scouting the Ramblers
Loyola tallied its first conference win last Saturday, besting Green Bay 1-0 at Loyola Soccer Park. Freshman Jake Savino put in the Ramblers’ winning goal in the fourth minute of the game. Savino and Andrew Raymonds lead the team, each with three goals on the season. The Ramblers average 10.8 shots per game and goalkeepers Peter McKeown and Tim Dobrowolski have both seen time in net. McKeown has played eight games and posts a 1.52 goals-against average while Dobrowlski has a 1.65 goals-against average in five matches.
Series History vs. the Ramblers
Loyola is Northwestern’s longest-tenured nonconference opponent as these two teams have played each other 30 times. Last year’s game, which was scheduled to be played at Lakeside Field, was cancelled due to inclement weather, marking just the second time in NU history Loyola wasn’t on the schedule (did not play each other in 2000). Northwestern is 19-5-6 all-time against Loyola and the last four matches have been close with NU winning by 1-0 decisions in 2010, 2009 and 2007 while the two teams battled to a 0-0 scoreless draw in 2008.
The Wildcats get back to Big Ten action, playing its final regular-season conference home game Sunday vs. Penn State at noon. Head coach Tim Lenahan and his coaching staff will honor the seniors prior to the match as part of Senior Day celebration. NU also welcomes back a number of former men’s soccer players for Alumni Weekend festivities and also family members for Parents Weekend.
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