Oct. 28, 2011
Northwestern (9-4-3, 3-0-1 Big Ten)
vs No. 10 Indiana (10-3-3, 2-1-1 Big Ten)
Sun., Oct. 30, 2011, 2 p.m.
Webstream: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcat All-Access (NUsports.com)
Northwestern Men's Soccer Notes (PDF)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern closes out the 2011 regular season home schedule Sunday against No. 10 Indiana. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m. and NU will honor Lucas Swertloff (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood), Oliver Kupe (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), Peter O'Neill (Fairway, Kan./Rockhurst) Jonathan Harris (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator), John Rogers (Birmingham, Mich./Detroit County Day) and Christian Ludtke (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) prior to the game for Senior Day.
Sunday's match features two of the top teams in the Big Ten as NU heads into the match first in the conference standings (3-0-1, 10 points) while Indiana is in fourth (2-1-1, seven points). Both teams also bring significant unbeaten streaks into the match as Northwestern has not lost in its last seven games while IU is unbeaten in its last five.
The Northwestern Band will also be in the stands Sunday providing musical entertainment for the match.
Be Positive with Men's Soccer Team and NU Dance Marathon
The NU men's soccer team will partner with the Northwestern chapter of Dance Marathon Sunday to benefit the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. Dance Marathon will be collecting donations prior to Sunday's game with all proceeds going towards the B+ Foundation (www.bepositive.org). The first 100 fans to donate at least $5 will receive pink mini-soccer balls, which were donated to the men's soccer team by Wilson. NU alum Eamon O'Neill is the Midwest Regional Director of the B+ Foundation.
The B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew McDonough, a 14-year-old athlete and student from Wilmington, Del. In 2007, Andrew helped lead his team to victory in a state championship soccer tournament. Within 48 hours, he was in cardiac arrest and diagnosed with Luekemia (AML). The doctors didn't expect Andrew to live through the night, but he fought for 167 days. B+ not only reflected Andrew's blood type, but the way he lived his life and how he inspired others to do the same.
The Northwestern Athletic Department's Wildcat Charities also donated tickets to the B+ Heroes and they will be in attendance at Sunday's match.
Last Two Games
Northwestern played two games last week, defeating Wisconsin 1-0 on Oct. 23 to move into first place in the Big Ten standings and downed Rockford College 6-0 on Thursday in a replacement game. On Sunday, the 'Cats used a second-half goal by Nick Gendron (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) to remain the only unbeaten team in Big Ten play. Gendron's header with 14 minutes remaining came off an assist by Layth Masri (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate) who received the ball off a corner kick from Reed Losee (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion). Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace) shut out his eighth opponent of the season, saving three Badger shots.
Thursday night, Kyle Schickel (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier) scored a goal and had three assists in NU's win. Tommy Tombridge (Springfield, Mo./Kickapoo) started in goal and saved two shots. With the win Thursday, NU has won five-straight games and is unbeaten in its last seven.
Indiana is 10-3-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have a better away record (4-1-2) than home record (4-2-1) and are unbeaten in their last five games. Eriq Zavaleta leads Indiana with eight goals and 19 points and both tallies lead the Big Ten this year. In goal, Lius Soffner has six shutouts and averages 3.73 saves per game (both rank third in the conference).
Last Time vs. the Hoosiers
Northwestern traveled to Bloomington last year and had a late lead but then-No. 25 Indiana came back for the 3-2 victory. Connor Holloway (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) scored his first career goal and Oliver Kupe notched another, but Indiana scored the game-winner with just over 10 minutes remaining for the victory.
Hard to Beat
After starting the season 1-3-1, Northwestern is 8-1-2 in its last 11 matches, including a seven-game unbeaten streak, which is currently the longest streak in the Big Ten. The Wildcats are also unbeaten in Big Ten play, posting a 3-0-1 mark in their first four conference matches. This is the first time in NU history that the team is unbeaten in its first four conference matches. A victory Sunday would give NU a program record for Big Ten wins.
Here's a look at NU's numbers in its seven-game unbeaten streak compared to the first nine games:
Last 7 First 9
Goals: 16 8
Goals/game: 2.29 0.89
Opponent goals: 3 10
Opp. goals/game: 0.43 1.11
Shots/game: 9.6 12.4
Points: 53 23
Saves: 23 21
Shutouts 5 4
Northwestern concludes the 2011 regular season at 4 p.m. CT, Saturday, Nov. 5 against Michigan.
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