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Men's Soccer Travels to Northwestern for NCAA First-Round Game

November 14, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - After winning its second straight Summit League crown, Western Illinois soccer is now seeking its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory as it travels to Evanston to take on state-rival Northwestern on Thursday (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m.

The Leathernecks (7-8-5) upset the top two seeds in the conference playoffs to return to the NCAA postseason for the second consecutive year, and are riding a six-game undefeated streak (4-0-2).

Northwestern (11-5-4) won a share of the Big Ten title, but had to wait for the Selection Show before finding out it received an at-large bid into the tournament.

The in-state foes are familiar opponents, as they've played each other 17 times. Northwestern holds a 10-7 advantage, winning five straight. The Wildcats also topped WIU in the Leathernecks' first NCAA Tournament in 2004, 4-1.

The winner of the game will advance to the Second Round and travel to Milwaukee to play seventh-seeded and 10th-ranked Marquette on Sunday at 4 p.m.

For more information, including the breakdown and match notes, see " Men's Soccer Travels to Northwestern for NCAA First Round Game" on

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