November 25, 2012
END OF THE LINE
Northwestern knocked out on own goal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An own goal in the 87th minute proved to be the difference, knocking Northwestern out of the NCAAs with a 2-1 loss to Louisville on Sunday.
It was a hectic beginning to the match as each team tallied a goal within the first five minutes. Louisville took advantage of a look inside the 18-yard box off as Marlon Hairston fired off a shot from about 16 yards out off a deflection into the upper right corner past NU sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller in the third minute.
The Wildcats wasted little time tallying the equalizer and scored their goal off a set piece in the fifth minute. Junior midfielder, and Louisville native, Layth Masri took the first corner kick of the match on the near right side of the field. Ritter had a look off the corner, firing off a header that was saved by Louisville keeper Mike Mauro, but he was unable to control the save, giving NU another chance. Baughman knocked in a shot into the upper left corner of the net off the rebound for his first goal of the season and second of his Wildcat career.
Louisville opened up the second half with three shots, one which was saved by Miller. NU freshman Henry Herrill had a wide open look shortly after entering the game in the 68th minute. Senior midfielder Nick Gendron sent a cross over from the right side, finding Herrill wide open on the left side of the net but Mauro saved Herrill’s header.
NU picked up the pace late in the second half and had the 4-1 advantage on shots in the closing 18 minutes. Ritter and freshman midfielder Cole Missimo each accounted for two looks, including a header by Ritter that went just wide in the 83rd minute.
Shortly after, Miller stepped up on the defensive end for the Wildcats making a big save in the 85th minute. Louisville’s Dylan Mares was one-on-one with Miller on the right side and Miller made the save with his legs, kicking it away from the goal out of bounds.
Louisville tallied the game-winner in the 87th minute. Mares fired off a shot that appeared to be going wide left but an NU player deflected the ball into the net, giving the Cardinals the 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats wrap up the season with a 13-6-4 record. Louisville (14-5-1) advances to the Elite Eight and will play Maryland on Saturday at 5:00 pm in College Park, Md.