Nov. 16, 2012
2012 NCAA Tournament
Northwestern vs. Marquette Second Round NCAA Tournament Notes
Second Round Match
at No. 7 Marquette (16-3-1)
Sunday, Nov. 18 • 4 p.m. CT
Valley Fields (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Live Audio WMUR Marquette Student Radio
Live Stats: Gametracker
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
NCAA Tournament Central • NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament Digital Program
Northwestern will face No. 7 seed Marquette Sunday at 4 p.m. in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats advanced to the second round following Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Western Illinois in first-round action while Marquette had a bye in the first round.
Links to follow Sunday’s match are at the top of the page or visit NCAA Tournament Central.
Last Time Out
It took a little over 62 minutes but Northwestern senior Nick Gendron was able to break the deadlock and score the lone goal of the match as the ’Cats took down Western Illinois, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night at Lakeside Field. Northwestern dominated the game with 19 shots to seven for the Leathernecks, including the 11-0 clip in the first half, but stellar goalkeeping by WIU’s Yves Dietrich kept the game close.
Dietrich was the difference in the match with seven saves. He saved a point blank header from senior Kyle Schickel and a breakaway from freshman Cole Missimo to keep the Leathernecks in the game. The Northwestern defense held strong and sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller saved the only shot on goal to post his ninth shutout of the season (18th of his career) and send the ’Cats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Advancing in the Big Dance
Northwestern is playing in its seventh NCAA Tournament and has advanced past the first round in six of those trips. NU received byes into the second round in 2007 and 2009 and won (or advanced on PKs) first-round matches in 2004, 2006, 2008 (T vs. Loyola, advanced on PKs) and 2012. The Wildcats are 3-2 all-time in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Marquette is making its first NCAA postseason appearance since 1997 and second appearance altogether. The Golden Eagles have put together one of the best seasons in the 49-year history of the men’s soccer program, tying a school record with 16 wins, and Marquette has been ranked in the top-10 in the national polls for most of the season after rattling off 12 straight victories to begin the campaign.
Marquette went 2-1 at the BIG EAST Tournament, defeating Cincinnati 3-0, Louisville 2-1 before falling to Georgetown 2-1 in double-overtime. The Golden Eagles have a high-powered offense, averaging 2.10 goals per game while allowing 0.80 per contest. Andy Huftalin leads the squad with 10 goals and 24 points while Bryan Cieslulka is a key playmaker with nine assists. Ten different Marquette players have scored at least one goal this season, including eight who have at least two tallies.
Marquette is one of eight BIG EAST teams in the field of 48. Northwestern and Marquette do not have much recent history as the two teams last met in 2001, which was NU head coach Tim Lenahan’s first season with the Wildcats. A complete series history can be found on page 7 of the notes.
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