Oct. 19, 2012
No. 24 Northwestern (10-2-2, 3-0-0 B1G)
vs. Penn State (8-4-2, 2-1-1 B1G)
Sunday, October 21 Noon
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Penn State Match Notes
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Northwestern hosts its final Big Ten regular-season opponent Sunday at Lakeside Field when Penn State comes to town at noon. Be sure to arrive early as the Wildcats honor Jarrett Baughman, Nick Gendron, Chris Ritter, Kyle Schickel, Tommy Tombridge and Michael Walbridge as part of the Senior Day celebration.
Sunday's match is also part of NU's Alumni Weekend festivities and Northwestern welcomes family members to Lakeside Field for Parents Weekend.
The Rest of the Way
While Sunday is Senior Day, the Wildcats still have one more home match at Lakeside Field next Wednesday, hosting their final nonconference opponent, Northern Illinois, at 6 p.m. That is the final regular-season home contest for NU as it plays its final two Big Ten matches on the road at Wisconsin (Sunday, Oct. 28) and at Indiana (Thursday, Nov. 1). The Wildcats will settle back in at home from November 7-11 as hosts of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.
Last Time Out
Northwestern shut out Loyola in nearly every aspect of the match Wednesday night at Loyola Soccer Complex in its 2-0 victory. The Wildcats found the back of the net in each half with goals by Joey Calistri and Chris Ritter and nearly went the entire match without allowing a shot as NU had the 16-2 advantage on chances.
The Wildcats found the back of the net in the 15th minute. Cole Missimo sent a ball to Ritter who found Calistri about eight yards in front of the net and the freshman sent a hard shot into the top right shelf past Loyola keeper Peter McKeown. The goal was Calistri's team-leading sixth score of the year, Ritter's fifth assist of the season and the first career point for Missimo.
NU's lone shot on goal in the second half came in the 61st minute with Ritter's goal. Calistri was inside the 6-yard box and dished back out to Ritter who sent in a low shot from about 20 yards out into the bottom left corner for his fifth goal on the year. The assist was Calistri's second helper on the year.
Northwestern kept the ball out of its half for a majority of the game and sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller did not have to make a save in the match as he posted his sixth shutout this season and second in the last two matches. Miller now has 15 career shutouts and needs one more to move into a tie for second place on NU's all-time list.
Where the 'Cats Rank in the Big Ten
NU is currently tied for first with Indiana in the Big Ten standings at 3-0-0. The Wildcats also rank highly in a number of statistical categories.
Points Ritter (2nd; 15); Calistri (3rd; 14), Weberman (T-8th; 9)
Goals Calistri (2nd; 6); Ritter (T-3rd; 5); Schickel & Weberman (T-7th; 3)
Assists Wilson (2nd; 6); Ritter (T-3rd; 5); Weberman & Gendron (T-8th; 3)
GW Goals Calistri (2nd; 3); Weberman (T-3rd; 2)
Goals-Against Avg. Miller (3rd; 0.82)
Shutouts Miller (2nd; 6)
-All stats and rankings as of 10/18
Senior Chris Ritter and freshman Joey Calistri have been key contributors to the Northwestern offense so far this season. Ritter leads the team in points with 15 while Calistri is close behind with 14. The Wildcats have scored 22 goals so far this year and Ritter and Calistri have contributed to 13 of those either by scoring or assisting on the goals. An even more telling stat with these two is that the Wildcats are 8-0-1 when either Ritter or Calistri score a point.
These two have also worked well together in setting up scores for one another. Four of Ritter's five assists have been on Calistri goals while one of Calistri's two assists was on a Ritter goal. Here's the list:
9/9 - vs. Rhode Island - Calistri goal, Ritter assist
9/9 - vs. Rhode Island - Calistri goal, Ritter assist
10/9 - vs. Notre Dame - Calistri goal, Ritter assist
10/17 - at Loyola - Calistri goal, Ritter assist
10/17 - at Loyola - Ritter goal, Calistri assist
Scouting Penn State
Penn State is currently third in the Big Ten standings at 2-1-1. The Nittany Lions beat Wisconsin, 1-0 and Michigan State, 2-1, tied Michigan 1-1 and lost to Indiana 1-0 in double overtime. PSU also played a nonconference match Wednesday night at home, edging Bucknell, 2-1. Three of PSU's four losses were against ranked opponents (No. 21 Georgetown, No. 10 Indiana and No. 3 Akron). Julian Cardona leads the Lions with five goals and 12 points while Minh Vu's three assists are also a team-high. Goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton has started six matches with a 0.59 goals-against average while Emmanuel Martin has the other eight starts and a 0.90 goals-against average.
Last Year vs. Penn State
Northwestern had two memorable matches against Penn State in 2011. The first came in the form of a 1-0 win in University Park, marking the first victory for Northwestern on PSU's home pitch. These two teams then met again in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game. Trailing 1-0 going into halftime, the 'Cats scored two second-half goals to win its first tournament title. Senior Peter O'Neill evened things up with a penalty kick in the 65th minute and fellow senior Oliver Kupe scored the game-winner in the 74th minute. Kupe also scored the game-winner in the regular-season match vs. the Nittany Lions.
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