Nov. 13, 2011
2011 Big Ten Tournament
No. 1 Northwestern (10-4-5, 4-0-2 Big Ten)
vs. No. 7 Penn State (9-8-4, 0-6-0 Big Ten)
Sun., Nov. 13, 2011, 11 a.m. CT
U-M Soccer Stadium
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Twitter Updates: @NU_SportsLive
TV: Big Ten Network
2011 Big Ten Tournament Central
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Northwestern will play for the 2011 Big Ten Tournament title Sunday afternoon at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The top-seeded Wildcats face No. 7 seed Penn State at 11 a.m. CT and Sunday’s match airs live on the Big Ten Network. Fans can also follow along with live Twitter updates from @NU_SportsLive and live stats via Gametracker.
Northwestern looks to cap off its Big Ten season on a high-note and go for the conference sweep. Just over a week ago (Nov. 5), the Wildcats clinched the Big Ten regular season title on the same field, defeating Michigan 1-0. NU earned a spot in the title match after coming back late to tie Indiana 1-1 and advanced 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Penn State (9-8-4 overall, 0-6-0 Big Ten) is the first No. 7 seed to ever reach the tournament final and will be vying for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Here are a few notes to get you ready for Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament final.
- This is the second time in school history Northwestern is playing in the Big Ten Tournament finals. The last time the Wildcats played in the finals was in 2004, and coincidentally, the last time the tournament was held in Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Northwestern has never won the Big Ten Tournament title. Lost 1-0 to Michigan State in the 2004 finals.
- Northwestern is unbeaten in its last 10 matches, which ties for the second-longest unbeaten streak in school history. Longest streak is 13 games (Aug. 29-Oct. 22, 2008)
- With their 1-1 tie against Indiana Friday, Northwestern now has four ties against ranked opponents this year. During the regular season, NU tied then-No. 7 California 0-0, then-No. 12 Notre Dame 1-1 and the Hoosiers 2-2 when they were ranked 10th on Oct. 30. Indiana came into Friday’s game ranked as high as No. 5 by Top Drawer Soccer.
- Goalie Tyler Miller saved a career-high seven shots against Indiana Friday, which was also a season-high in saves for Northwestern. Indiana had 21 shots, which was also a season-high for a Northwestern opponent.
- Northwestern has been a second-half team in its unbeaten streak. NU has 11 second-half goals in the last 10 matches and a total of 13 second-half goals on the season (meaning only two second-half goals scored in the first nine games).
- Northwestern has also scored a number of its second-half goals in crunch time. Six of the 11 second-half goals have come in the final 15 minutes. Here’s a list of the late goals:
- Oliver Kupe (78:50) – Goal helped NU tie 1-1 with then-No. 12 Notre Dame
- Lepe Seetane (86:24) – Goal added to NU’s lead over Northern Illinois, Northwestern won 2-0
- Nick Gendron (75:48) – Goal gave NU 1-0 win over Wisconsin
- Oliver Kupe (84:54) – Goal helped NU come back to tie then-No. 10 Indiana, 2-2
- Chris Ritter (83:09) – Goal gave NU 1-0 win over Michigan
- Own goal (Seetane shot, bounced off Indiana player and goalie into the net, 76:59) – Goal helped NU come back to tie Indiana, NU eventually advanced 3-2 on PKs.
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