Men's Soccer To Take On Northwestern In First Round of NCAA Playoffs
The Leathernecks will play in Evanston on Thursday night in search of their first NCAA Tournament win.
MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois men's soccer is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, this time to take on Northwestern.
As announced in the NCAA Men's Soccer Division I Selection Show on Monday evening, the Leathernecks will travel to Evanston to take on the Wildcats on Thursday at 7 p.m. CST.
Western Illinois and Northwestern are familiar opponents, playing 16 contests all-time, with the Wildcats holding a 10-6 advantage.
The teams last played in 2009, with Northwestern, ranked 16th at the time, winning 3-2. Western led 2-1 at halftime, but two Wildcat second half goals clinched the game for Northwestern.
Additionally, the Leathernecks took on Northwestern in WIU's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. Northwestern defeated WIU, 4-1.
A win in the NCAA College Cup would be the first in program history, as the Leathernecks are winless in their first five trips.
In the last six games, Western Illinois (7-8-5) is 4-0-2 and coming off its second straight Summit League title. Northwestern (11-5-4) has gone 1-3-2 in its last six games, but won a share of the Big Ten crown.
The winner will advance to the Second Round and play eighth-ranked and seventh-seeded Marquette in Milwaukee on Sunday at 5 p.m.