Oct. 26, 2012
Northwestern (RV) (10-4-2, 3-1-0 B1G)
at Wisconsin (6-7-3, 1-3-0 BIG)
Sunday, Oct. 28 • Noon CT
McClimon Soccer Complex
TV: Big Ten Network (LIVE)
Live Stats: Gametracker
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
Wisconsin Match Notes
Northwestern takes to the road Sunday, traveling across the border to Madison, Wis., for a noon match against the Badgers. Kickoff is set for noon CT and Sunday’s match will air live on the Big Ten Network with Dean Linke and Chris Doran on the call.
This is just the second Big Ten road match of the season for NU and first since defeating Michigan State 2-1 in double-overtime on Sept. 30.
What’s At Stake
Sunday is a big match for Northwestern as it continues to hunt for another Big Ten regular-season title. The Wildcats have nine points with a 3-1-0 Big Ten record and are tied for second in the standings with Indiana. Penn State leads the conference with 10 points at 3-1-1.
While the Nittany Lions sit atop the standings, they only have one more conference match, which is also on Sunday at Ohio State, while NU has two more matches. Indiana also plays Sunday against Michigan State. A win for the Wildcats on Sunday would help them stay alive in the title hunt and then the regular-season finale at Indiana on Thursday, Nov. 1, could potentially determine the Big Ten regular-season champion.
Here’s how the standings would look if NU, Indiana and Penn State all win on Sunday:
Northwestern could clinch a share of the Big Ten title Sunday if all three of the following scenarios occur:
• Northwestern win vs. Wisconsin
• Indiana loss vs. Michigan State
• Penn State loss or tie vs. Ohio State
Wednesday’s match against Northern Illinois was the seventh overtime match of the year for Northwestern. NU is just one game away from matching the program record of eight OT games played in 2009 and 2004. Four of Northwestern’s first five matches to start the season went to extra time. NU’s match vs. Rhode Island on Sept. 9 was the first game that finished in regulation. Before this year, the Wildcats had never played four-consecutive overtime matches. NU is 3-2-2 in overtime this year.
Northwestern is just one of eight men’s soccer programs nationally with a perfect 1,000 APR multi-year rate and is the only school from a BCS conference to reach that mark. Current players Jarrett Baughman, Nick Gendron, Scott Lakin, Layth Masri, Jeff Rogers and Tommy Tombridge received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011. Baughman and Schickel were further honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for having a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the 2011-12 academic year.
Additionally, on Thursday, the NCAA announced that Northwestern athletics as a whole scored a 97 percent overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the latest data released by the NCAA (Oct. 25), a figure which leads the Big Ten by eight percentage points and ranks among the best scores nationally.
Twelve of NU’s 19 Varsity sports, including the NU men’s soccer team, have perfect 100 percent GSR’s for the most recent cohort, which measures incoming freshman classes from 2002-05.
Miller’s Magic in Big Ten Games
Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller has been specatular in Big Ten contests for the Wildcats. The two-year starter is 8-1-3 against the conference, which includes his two games in net at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. In fact, NU’s close double-overtime loss to Penn State last Sunday was Miller’s first conference loss. Five of Miller’s 15 career shutouts have come in matches against the Big Ten. Here’s a look at Miller’s numbers the last two seasons against Big Ten foes:
Defense Doing Its Part
While Miller has provided a steady presence in net for Northwestern, the Wildcat defense has done its part in stopping the ball before it even gets to him. He has only faced six shots on goal in the last four games. Three of those came in NU’s 1-0 victory over Ohio State and Miller did not face a single shot on target in the 2-0 shutout of Loyola. In fact, the Ramblers were limited to just two shots for the entire game and both came late in the second half.
Freshman midfielder Cole Missimo provided a spark off the bench for the Wildcats Wednesday night against Northern Illinois. While he only recorded two shots on the stat sheet, Missimo’s speed helped create multiple opportunities for the ’Cats. The Dallas, Texas native has played in all 16 matches for NU this year but has seen varying playing time with just five minutes vs. Ohio State and then a season-high 75 minutes at Loyola. Missimo played 68 minutes against NIU and started the second half.
’Cats Host 2012 Big Ten Tournament
NU will welcome the six other conference squads to Lakeside Field from Wednesday, Nov. 7-Sunday, Nov. 11 for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. The Wildcats won the 2011 tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., and will take their turn at hosting the annual tournament at scenic Lakeside Field. More information can be found at Big Ten Tournament Central on NUsports.com.
Wisconsin is 6-7-3 overall and 1-3-0 in Big Ten matches. The Badgers have won two of their last three matches, with both wins coming against nonconference foes in a 3-0 shutout of Green Bay and 2-0 blanking of UMKC. UW dropped a 2-0 decision to Michigan State on Oct. 21. Wisconsin’s lone Big Ten win came in the form of a 2-1 victory at home against Michigan.
Wisconsin is one of the offensive leaders in the conference, averaging 1.31 goals-per game, which ranks third in the Big Ten. Chris Prince leads UW in points at 11 with three goals and five assists while Nick Janus is the team’s leading goal-scorer with four goals. While those two lead the team in goals, 12 different Badgers have found the back of the net at least once this season.
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