Nov. 22, 2012
WATCH: Lenahan, Schickel, Masri Discuss NCAA Tournament Match vs. Louisville
2012 NCAA Tournament
Third Round Match
at No. 10 Louisville (13-5-1)
Sunday, Nov. 25 • 6 p.m. CT
Cardinal Soccer Park (Louisville, Ky.)
Live Video: CardsTV (FREE)
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In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
NCAA Tournament Central • NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament Digital Program
Northwestern NCAA Tournament Notes • Louisville NCAA Tournament Notes
Chicago Tribune: A long way from home, NU midfielder (Seetane) right at home
Northwestern is in to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and will take on No. 10 seed Louisville Sunday at Cardinal Soccer Park. Match time is set for 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. Louisville time) and the winner of Sunday's game advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
This is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Links to follow Sunday's match are at the top of the page, or visit NCAA Tournament Central on NUsports.com.
Last Time Out
Northwestern freshman forward Joey Calistri tallied his team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 31st minute and that was all the Wildcats needed as they upset No. 7 seed Marquette in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament Sunday night at Valley Fields.
Sunday's match was a grind as both teams combined for just 17 shots with Marquette holding the slight 9-8 advantage on chances. Each team fired off four shots in the first half but the one that counted for Northwestern came at the 30:30 mark.
The Wildcats had a favorable free kick spot, just to the left of the 18-yard box, after Marquette was whistled for a foul. Junior defender Scott Lakin's free kick was played back to the top of the box, finding Calistri who sent home a one-touch shot into the upper right corner past a diving MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon.
|Watch Lenahan, Schickel, Masri Discuss NCAA Tournament Match vs. Louisville
Advancing in the Big Dance
Northwestern is playing in its seventh NCAA Tournament and has advanced past the second round in four of those trips. Northwestern is 2-1-0 all-time in third round action, downing UNC-Greensboro in 2006 and Akron in 2008. NU's last trip to the third round in 2009 resulted in a 1-0 loss at Tulsa.
• Northwestern has not allowed a goal in NCAA Tournament play, shutting out Western Illinois, 1-0 and No. 7 seed Marquette, 1-0. In addition, the Wildcats have only faced a combined 16 shots (9 at Marquette, 7, all coming in the second half, vs. Western Illinois) and three (2 for MU, 1 for WIU) shots on goal in their two tournament games.
• Sunday's win at Marquette was Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan's 250th career win.
• Northwestern was the first team to shut out Marquette all season. The Golden Eagles entered the second-round match averaging 2.10 goals per game.
• NU also was the first team to beat Marquette at home all season.
• Freshman forward Joey Calistri scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season Sunday at Marquette. Four of Calistri's team-high nine goals have been game winners.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller recorded his 10th shutout of the season Sunday at Marquette. Miller is now in elite company as he is one of two goalkeepers in Northwestern history to reach double-digit shutouts for a season. Misha Rosenthal holds the single-season record with 13 in 2008.
Coming Home Again
Sunday's match at Louisville is a homecoming for three Northwestern starters. Senior midfielder Kyle Schickel (Saint Xavier High School) and junior midfielder Layth Masri (Louisville Collegiate) both list Louisville as their hometowns while junior midfielder Lepe Seetane is originally from Maseru, Lesotho, but went to Trinity High School. Schickel was high school teammates with the Cardinals' senior midfielder Ryan Smith.
Northwestern and Louisville have faced a number of the same opponents this year. Here's a look at how they fared against common opponents:
|W, 2-1 (OT)
|T, 0-0 (2OT)
|W, 1-0; W, 2-0
|T, 1-1 (2OT)
||T, 2-2 (2OT)
Louisville earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament and had a bye in the first round of the tournament as the No. 10 seed. The Cardinals won their first match Sunday, 5-0, at home against Winthrop. The Cardinals enter Sunday's third-round match averaging 1.89 goals per game while allowing 0.95. Dylan Mares leads Louisville with seven goals while Greg Cochrane is close behind scoring six. Nine other Cardinal players have tallied at least one goal this season. Andrew Farrell was named the 2012 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and six Cardinals earned all-league honors. This is the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and Cardinals.
The Cardinals are just two years removed from an appearance in the 2010 College Cup. Louisville captured the 2010 BIG EAST Championship and won four matches in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the title match against Akron. The Zips took the title with a narrow 1-0 victory, handing Louisville its only loss of the year. The Cardinals finished 2010 with a 20-1-3 record and followed that up with an Elite Eight appearance in 2011.
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