Panthers Fall At No. 18 Northwestern
Sept. 16, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern University scored a pair of goals in a five-minute span following a scoreless first half to hand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team a 2-0 loss Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field.
The Panthers (4-3-0) fall to the Wildcats (5-0-2), who came in nationally-ranked in all of the polls and as high as No. 18. Milwaukee placed second (1-1) at the Lakeside Classic, with NU claiming the title at 2-0.
"When you lose a game, it's always disappointing," UWM head coach Kris Kelderman said. "I said to the guys, never get used to losing. But, saying that, I am pleased with the way we played. I thought we followed our game plan in the first half and played well. I thought the possession was in our favor and the shots were fairly even. We were playing the way we wanted to play and we got to half in a good situation."
Milwaukee, which was once again without at least three starters due to injuries, ended up with just a slim 9-to-8 deficit in shots, but could not get things going on the offensive side.
"Take away the goals and I was very pleased with our performance," Kelderman said. "We have a very young team - we played with two seniors and four freshmen on the field today. I am very pleased with the progress the group is making."
Senior goalkeeper John Shakon made three saves in the game, with none looking larger than one he made just a minute into the second half. An NU shot from the top of the box was deflected and redirected on its way to the goal, yet Shakon somehow got a hand on it to push it wide and keep it scoreless at the time.
Northwestern took advantage of a scramble in front of the UWM net to break up the scoreless battle, with Henry Herrill picking up a loose rebound and firing it into the net at the 57:44 mark.
Nick Gendron doubled the advantage in the 63rd minute, heading home a long serve from the sideline back to the near post to add the insurance tally.
"In a five-minute period, we gave up two goals that I will call `unfortunate'," Kelderman said. "Credit Northwestern because they are a good, solid team but the first goal they scored was off a poor clearance off a set piece in the box that ricocheted around and someone knocked in the goal. Sometimes, that's soccer, it's going to happen for you, and it's going to happen against you."
The first half was a defensive battle each way, with both teams combining for just six total shots throughout the first 45 minutes.
Milwaukee had the best of it, getting close on a pair of occasions but sending chances high. Senior Jamie Bladen had a 20-yard free kick that was over the bar in the 35th minute and freshman Declan Rodriguez also had an opportunity in the 30th minute.
UWM's defense was impressive in the first half, allowing just two shots - one from distance that was well over and another that was blocked in traffic. The first shot of the game by either team did not come until the 18th minute as both teams spent the majority of the opening portion of the match in the midfield.
The Panthers have over a full week off before returning to action, heading to Ohio to take on Bowling Green Sept. 25.
2012 Lakeside Classic All-Tournament Team