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    No. 19 NU Plays Penn State Sunday on Big Ten Network

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Cole Missimo scored his first career goal Oct. 15 at Notre Dame.
    Cole Missimo scored his first career goal Oct. 15 at Notre Dame.

    Oct. 25, 2013

    No. 19 Northwestern (8-3-3, 1-1-1 B1G) at No. 13 Penn State (9-3-1, 4-0-0 B1G)
     Date Sunday, Oct. 27 | 12:00 p.m. CT
     Location  Jeffrey Field  | University Park, Pa.
     Live Stats  Gametracker
     Television  Big Ten Network
     Social Media  @NUMensSoccer   |  Facebook

    NU vs. Penn State Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill.-- No. 19 Northwestern takes on Big Ten foe No. 13 Penn State in a battle of two teams ranked in the top 20. A win by the Nittany Lions clinches a Big Ten regular season title for PSU, who are 4-0-0 in conference games. Northwestern has gone 1-1-1 against Big Ten opponents this season.

    The Wildcats enter the game having tied their last three contests and have played into double overtime in four of their last five games.

    Road Warriors
    NU has gone 5-0-2 this season in games away from Lakeside Field (3-0-2 in road contests, 2-0-0 in neutral site matches). The ‘Cats haven’t lost a regular season road game since Oct. 3, 2012 (L 3-1 at Bradley in Peoria, Ill.)

    Ice Water Veins
    NU senior Chris Ritter and sophomore Joey Calistri each have scored three game winning goals for the ‘Cats this season, which is tied for the most in the Big Ten. 

    Poll Position
    Northwestern ranks No. 19 in this week’s NSCAA National Poll, while Penn State is No. 13. In the Top Drawer Soccer Poll, NU is No. 17 and PSU is No. 15. Also, in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll, the ‘Cats come in at No. 18, which Penn State, who was unranked last week, is No. 20. 

    After NU’s 1-1 (2OT) tie at No. 2 Notre Dame on Oct. 15, Sunday mark’s the Wildcats second matchup in three contests against teams ranked in the top 15 of the NSCAA National Poll.

    Ritter Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
    Northwestern senior midfielder Chris Ritter has been named a Top 10 finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. 

    The award, which is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. It focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

    Ritter is one of 10 Senior CLASS Award finalists and one of just three from the Big Ten, joining Michigan State’s Kevin Cope and Indiana’s A.J. Corrado.

    Fans can vote for Ritter by online at fan vote runs through November 25.

    Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. Winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.

    Where Joey Calistri Ranks
    Sophomore forward Joey Calistri has tallied 10 goals, three assists and 23 points this season. His 10 goals and 23 points are the most in the Big Ten. Among the NCAA’s national leaders, Calistri ranks eighth in goals and tenth in total points. His 0.71 goals per game average ranks 11th in the nation. 

    Big Ten Leaders, Goals                               
    1 . 10 - Joey Calistri, Northwestern                   
    2. 7 - Tim Kreutz, Michigan State            
    2. 7 - Nick Janus, Wisconsin                       
    4. 5 -Three players tied                            

    Big Ten Leaders, Points
    1 . 23 - Joey Calistri, Northwestern   
    2. 17 - Tim Kreutz, Michigan State          
    3. 16 - Nick Janus, Wisconsin
    4. 13 - Adam Montague, Michigan State  

    NU Hosts `Kick or Treat’ at Lakeside Field Oct. 30
    When the No. 19 Northwestern men’s soccer team returns home to Lakeside Field, fans will be treated to an event packed night a day before Halloween. 

    NU hosts ‘Kick or Treat’ on Wednesday, Oct. 30 against Loyola Chicago at Lakeside Field.

    Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. The night includes free admission to all fans dressed in a Halloween costume and Northwestern will be giving away free candy.

    There will be a costume contest, where the winner will receive free entry to the 2014 Northwestern Soccer Commuter Camp. (The winner must be in eight grade and under).

    Climbing the Charts
    Sophomore forward Joey Calistri's 10 goals this season and 19 career goals has already cracked into the Top 10 in the Northwestern record book.

    Northwestern Career Goal Leaders
    1. 33 -- Matt Eliason, 2007-10
    2. 30 -- Jonathan Hall, 1986-89
    3. 28 -- Brad North, 2003-2006
    3. 28 -- Gerardo Alvarez, 2003-2006
    5. 25 -- Paul Cirino, 1985-88
    5. 25 -- Scott Freidheim, 1983-86
    7. 22 -- Oliver Kupe, 2008-11
    8. 20 -- Andy McDermott, 1994-97
    8. 20 -- Jim Muldoon, 1985-88
    10. 19 -- Joey Calistri, 2012-Present
    10. 19 -- David Roth, 2004-07
    10. 19 -- Okan Altiparmak, 1982-83

    Most Goals, Northwestern Single Season
    1. 17 -- Jonathan Hall, 1988
    2. 13 -- Matt Eliason, 2009
    3. 12 -- Matt Eliason, 2008
    3. 12 -- Gerardo Alvarez, 2004
    3. 12 -- Scott Freidheim, 1986
    3. 12 -- Scott Freidheim, 1985
    3. 12 -- Okan Altiparmak, 1982
    8. 11 -- Jonathan Hall, 1989
    9. 10 -- Joey Calistri, 2013
    9. 10 -- Oliver Kupe, 2010
    9. 10 -- Bob Gaddis, 1981

    Donut Patrol
    Northwestern’s 0-0 tie against SIUE on Oct. 12 marked junior goalkeeper Tyler Miller’s 27th career shutout. The 27 shutouts rank second in school history, behind Misha Rosenthal, who recorded 29 shutouts from 2005-09.

    Most Career Shutouts in Northwestern History
    1. 29 -- Misha Rosenthal, 2005-09
    2. 27 -- Tyler Miller, 2011-Present
    3. 16 -- George Kokodynski, 1987-90

    Miller's 8 shutouts this season is the fourth most in a single season in Northwestern history. Miller now owns three of the top four single season shutout marks in Northwestern school history.

    Most Shutouts, Northwestern Single Season
    1. 13 -- Misha Rosenthal, 2008
    2. 10 --Tyler Miller, 2012
    3. 9 -- Tyler Miller, 2011
    4. 8 -- Tyler Miller, 2013

    Northwestern’s 9 shutouts this season lead the Big Ten (followed by Michigan State - 8). The Wildcats have recorded a shutout in 0.64 percent of their games this season, which ranks third best in the nation.


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