Chicago’s Big Ten Team will enter the contest at 4-5-4 after consecutive draws in its last two matches. NU allowed just one goal in the combined 220 minutes of action against Penn State and DePaul.
Rutgers currently holds a 2-9-1 record on the season, with a 1-4 mark in Big Ten play. The Scarlet Knights last played on Tuesday, falling 1-0 in double overtime at home against Howard.
The Wildcats have won four of the last five matchups between the two sides, including each of the last two. Most recently, Northwestern came away with a 3-0 win at Martin Stadium in October 2017 thanks to a pair of goals from Tommy Katsiyiannis and another from Mac Mazzola.
Between the posts, Miha Miskovic continues to have a breakout campaign. The sophomore keeper picked up his seventh shutout of the season in NU’s draw with Penn State last Saturday. Miskovic ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in shutouts, and his 43 saves are good for second-most in the conference. Northwestern’s .538 shutout percentage ranks 16th among all college soccer programs and second among league opponents.
A total of 12 Northwestern players have tallied points on the year with Camden Buescher leading the way with seven on three goals and an assist. Garrett Opperman ranks second on the team with a pair of goals as well as an assist.
Friday’s match will be the first of three straight road contests for the ‘Cats before returning to Evanston in two weeks to close out the regular season with a pair of home tilts.
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