Nov. 5, 2012
#2 seed Northwestern (10-4-4, 3-1-2 B1G)
vs. #7 seed Ohio State (6-9-3, 0-4-2 B1G)
Wednesday, Nov. 7 • 6 p.m.
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network
Live Stats: Gametracker
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
*Winner plays Friday at 2:30 p.m. vs. winner of #3 Michigan/#6 Wisconsin match
2012 Big Ten Tournament Central
Big Ten Tournament Notes
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Ticket Info: General Admission Adult - $8; General Admission Youth/Senior/Student - $5 (One ticket will be good for all three matches Wednesday and one ticket is good for both semifinal matches Friday)
Northwestern hosts the six other Big Ten Conference squads this Wednesday-Sunday at Lakeside Field for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. The Wildcats are the No. 2 seed in this year's tournament and will take on No. 7 seed Ohio State Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The complete tournament match schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 7
1:00 p.m. - #4 Indiana vs. #5 Michigan State (Big Ten Digital Network)
3:30 p.m. - #3 Michigan vs. #6 Wisconsin (Big Ten Digital Network)
6:00 p.m. - #2 Northwestern vs. #7 Ohio State (Big Ten Digital Network)
Friday, Nov. 9
12:00 p.m. - #1 Penn State vs. Winner #4 Indiana/#5 Michigan State (Big Ten Network)
2:30 p.m. - Winner #2 Northwestern/#7 Ohio State vs. Winner #3 Michigan/#6 Wisconsin (Big Ten Network)
Sunday, Nov. 11
12:00 p.m. - Championship Match (Big Ten Network)
Complete tournament information, along with Gametracker links and links for Wednesday's Big Ten Digital Network streams, can be found at Tournament Central on NUsports.com.
The Big Ten Network also will provide live coverage of the semifinal and championship matches on Friday and Sunday.
Big Ten Champions Again
The Wildcats finished the Big Ten regular season with 11 points (3-1-2) and share the 2012 crown with co-champion Penn State (3-1-2, 11 points). This is the second-consecutive conference crown for head coach Tim Lenahan's Wildcats after they won the first title in program history during the 2011 campaign. Lenahan has guided the team to a 7-1-4 record during regular-season Big Ten games the last two years.
Last Year at the Big Ten Tournament...
Northwestern also is looking to win back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles, having won the 2011 edition in Ann Arbor, Mich. Another first in program history, the Wildcats captured the 2011 tournament title thanks to a dramatic semifinal match that resulted in a 1-1 tie vs. Indiana but NU advanced on penalty kicks and then a 2-1 win over Penn State in the championship match.
Here are the recaps from NU's matches in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament:
• Nov. 11, 2011 - vs. Indiana - Northwestern Advances to B1G Tournament Final on PKs
• Nov. 13, 2011 - vs. Penn State - Northwestern Wins 2011 Big Ten Tournament Title
Last Time Out
Northwestern and No. 22 Indiana played a hard-fought match Thursday night in Bloomington and after 110 minutes of action, settled for the 1-1 draw. The Hoosiers took the 1-0 lead going into halftime but NU came back thanks to the equalizer scored by freshman forward Joey Calistri in the 52nd minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller had a busy night in net vs. the Hoosiers, saving six shots. IU fired off 20 looks in 110 minutes and the NU defense also stepped up, notably in the second overtime, with a team save preventing a Hoosier golden goal.
Thursday's match was the fourth straight overtime game for Northwestern and ninth this season, which is a new school record.
Where the Wildcats Rank
Here's a look at where Northwestern ranks in the various soccer polls:
TopDrawerSoccer.com: No. 12
College Soccer News: No. 28
NCAA RPI: No. 41
Calistri Tabbed B1G Offensive Player of the Week
Northwestern freshman forward Joey Calistri has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Calistri helped the Wildcats come back for a 1-1 draw at No. 22 Indiana Thursday night in the regular-season finale. He scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 52nd minute to tie things up at 1-1 and after two overtime periods, the Wildcats left Bloomington, Ind., with the point they needed to claim a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title.
This is the second weekly honor for Calistri after he won the award on Oct. 15 following his three-point game in NU's 2-1 win over No. 7 Notre Dame.
Scouting Ohio State
The Buckeyes wrapped up the regular season with a 6-9-3 mark overall and were 0-4-2 in the Big Ten. Though they were unable to get a conference victory, OSU had a number of narrow losses and hard-fought matches, including two ties in its final Big Ten matches. Against the Big Ten Tournament No. 1 seed Penn State, the Buckeyes conducted a two-goal, second-half comeback from trailing 4-2 to force overtime and came away with a 4-4 tie. In its last regular season game, Ohio State battled to a 0-0 draw against Wisconsin. Though the Buckeyes outshot the Badgers 4-0 in overtime, they were unable to finish and closed with their second shutout of the year. Senior Austin McAnena leads the OSU offense with four goals and three assists, while goalkeepers junior Alex Wimmer (1.57 goals-against average in 11 games played) and sophomore Alex Ivanov (1.73 goals-against average in seven games played) star for OSU's defense.
Last Time Against Ohio State
The Wildcats and Buckeyes met last on Oct. 14 at Lakeside Field, where NU emerged the 1-0 victors. Sophomore forward Eric Weberman made the solitary goal off a free kick late in the first half, a shot that curled and bounced into the back of the net on windy conditions from about 40 yards out. Northwestern outshot Ohio State 9-8 in the game, though the Buckeyes had four corner kicks to the Wildcats' two. OSU continued to press and had some dangerous looks, especially late into the second half, but NU was ultimately able to pull off the win.
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