Bradley Soccer will face a team ranked among the nation's top 10 for the third time in less than three weeks Wednesday when the Braves (4-3-1) visit #3 Northwestern (7-1-0) at Lakeside Field.
|Game 9||Bradley (4-3-1) at #3 Northwestern (7-1-0)|
|Date||Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013|
|Time||6:00 p.m. (CDT)|
|Location||Evanston, Ill. | Lakeside Field|
|Live Video||Wildcats All-Access (subscription required)|
|Series History||Bradley leads 4-1 | Last Bradley 3-1 Oct. 3, 2012 at Shea Stadium|
• For the third time in five games, Bradley will face a team ranked among the top six in at least one national top 25 poll when the Braves visit Northwestern Wednesday night at Lakeside Field.
• Northwestern, which has posted six shutouts during its current seven-game winning streak, is ranked as high as third in this week’s national polls.
• Including a 1-1-0 record so far this year, Bradley is 2-7-1 all-time against top 3 teams.
• Wednesday’s game is Bradley’s sixth game played away from home in its last seven contests.
• The road-heavy stretch included a 1-0 win Sept. 14 at Connecticut, which was ranked No. 1 in that week’s Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer top 25 rankings, Bradley Soccer’s first-ever win against a No. 1-ranked team.
• The Braves are trying to rebound from Saturday night’s 1-0 loss against a Cal State Northridge squad that was ranked as high as No. 6 in last week’s national polls.
Against the Wildcats
• Bradley is 4-1-0 all-time versus Northwestern, including a 3-1 home victory against the Wildcats last season at Shea Stadium.
• In Bradley’s only previous visit to Lakeside Field, the Braves started the series against Northwestern with a 4-1, double-overtime victory Oct. 27, 1996.
• In the days when overtime was not a sudden-victory decision, Jim Rasmussen registered a second overtime hat trick by scoring all three Bradley goals in the extra time of the 1996 matchup.
• Since the start of the 2011 season, Bradley is 9-1-1 (.864) against its in-state rivals: Eastern Illinois (2-0-0), Loyola Chicago (3-0-0), Northwestern (1-0-0), SIU Edwardsville (2-1-0) and Western Illinois (1-0-1).
• In his 18th year as Bradley’s head coach, Jim DeRose is 52-19-6 (.714) in 77 career games against teams from the state of Illinois: DePaul (2-0-0), Eastern Illinois (14-4-2), Illinois-Chicago (3-5-0), Loyola Chicago (7-1-0), Millikin (1-0-0), Northeastern Illinois (2-0-0), Northern Illinois (6-3-2), Northwestern (4-1-0), SIU Edwardsville (2-2-1) and Western Illinois (11-3-1).