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    Final Nonconference Match of 2012 Wednesday vs. NIU

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    Senior Nick Gendron and the Wildcats host their final match at Lakeside Field before the Big Ten Tournament visits Evanston, Nov. 7-11.

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    Senior Nick Gendron and the Wildcats host their final match at Lakeside Field before the Big Ten Tournament visits Evanston, Nov. 7-11.
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    Oct. 23, 2012

    Northwestern (RV) (10-3-2, 3-1-0 B1G)
    vs. Northern Illinois (3-8-3, 2-1-1 MAC)
    Wednesday, Oct. 24 • 6 p.m.
    Evanston, Ill.
    Lakeside Field
    Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network
    Live Stats: Gametracker
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

    Northern Illinois Match Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    Ticket Prices: $7 Adults • $4 Youth/Seniors • $3 Groups of 15 or more
     
    Wednesday’s Match
    Northwestern wraps up its nonconference and regular-season home schedule Wednesday when in-state rival Northern Illinois comes to town at 6 p.m.
     
    The Rest of the Way
    While Wednesday is the final regular-season contest at Lakeside Field, 2012 is far from over for the Wildcats. After Wednesday, NU plays its final two Big Ten matches on the road at Wisconsin (Sunday, Oct. 28) and at Indiana (Thursday, Nov. 1).
     
    The Wildcats then settle back in at home from November 7-11 as hosts of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. The tournament schedule can be found to the left.
     
    Last Time Out
    Northwestern honored its seniors pregame, and controlled possession throughout its contest with Penn State Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field, but ultimately fell on a golden-goal with just a few minutes left in the second overtime period, 1-0. With 15 shots to Penn State’s eight, the Wildcats consistently pressured the Nittany Lion defense, but Hasani Sinclair put home his first goal of the season to hand NU its first Big Ten loss on the year.
     
    Where the ’Cats Rank
    Here’s a look at how Northwestern ranks in the various soccer polls:
     
    • NSCAA: RV (18)
    • TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament Rankings: No. 8
    • College Soccer News: No. 25
    • Soccer America: No. 21
    • NCAA RPI (Oct. 22): No. 38
     
    Incredible Turnaround
    Despite Sunday’s loss, Tim Lenahan has completely turned around the Northwestern men’s soccer program during his 12-year tenure and before he arrived, it was rare for the Wildcats to win a Big Ten game. Before Lenahan arrived at Northwestern in 2001, the program had just four total Big Ten wins. Lenahan’s turnaround was a progression in the early years as the Wildcats won eight games his second year (2002), seven his second season (2003) and then a program-record 15 wins in 2004 with the team’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. Lenahan has compiled a 24-36-10 Big Ten record with the Wildcats, including a 24-21-7 mark since 2004. Here’s a look at Lenahan’s records with the Wildcats the last nine seasons:
     
    Year                        Overall                          Big Ten
    2004                        15-6-2                            3-2-1
    2005                        9-7-2                              1-4-1
    2006                        14-8-0                            2-4-0
    2007                        12-5-3                            3-2-1
    2008                        15-5-3                            3-3-0
    2009                        11-5-4                            3-2-1
    2010                        8-8-2                              2-3-1
    2011                        11-5-5                            4-0-2
    2012                        10-3-2                            3-1-0
    9 seasons              105-52-21 (.649)      24-21-7 (.529)
     
    Senior Stats
    Northwestern honored seniors Jarrett Baughman, Nick Gendron, Chris Ritter, Kyle Schickel, Tommy Tombridge and Michael Walbridge prior to Sunday’s match vs. Penn State for Senior Day. This group of six has been a part of 40 wins the last four seasons and has a .628 winning percentage during that span (40-21-13). The six helped the Wildcats win the program’s first Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships, while posting a 4-0-2 record in regular-season conference matches, which also was the best mark in program history. The group’s four-year mark in Big Ten play is 12-6-4 and its .636 winning percentage in conference matches is the best mark for any group of seniors.
     
    Scouting Northern Illinois
    Northern Illinois is 3-8-3 on the season and 2-1-1 in Mid-American Conference play. Last Saturday, the Huskies settled for a 0-0 tie against Bowling Green on their home pitch. It was a physical game with a combined 31 fouls and 10 yellow cards. Though NIU outshot its opponent 16-10, it was unable to secure a win. Northern Illinois honored its five seniors prior to the match, including goalkeeper Jordan Godsey, who recorded his 31st career shutout with the tie.  
     
    The Huskies played at the Lakeside Classic hosted by Northwestern and the Wildcats also traveled to DeKalb, Ill., for the NIU/adidas Tournament. This will be the first meeting this season between the two schools as they did not play each other in the two tournaments. Gael Rivera leads NIU with four goals this year while James Stevenson is close behind with three goals and two assists.
     
    Last Time vs. Northern Illinois
    These two teams met last year at Lakeside Field during the regular season with the Wildcats shutting out the Huskies, 2-0. Though the match began slowly with only three shots a piece in the first half, Northwestern took the lead in the 58th minute with Nikko Boxall’s header goal off a corner kick. The Huskies had a great look soon after that hit the post, but the Wildcats later iced the game in the 87th minute with another header, this time from Lepe Seetane, off of Nick Gendron’s cross.
     
    Northwestern is 3-1-0 in the last four meetings with Northern Illinois, winning in 2011, 2009 and 2008. All four of those matches were shutouts with NU blanking the Huskies 2-0 in 2011, and 1-0 in 2009 and 2008 while the Huskies had the 2-0 victory in 2010.

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