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IU set to host Northwestern on Wednesday


Andrew Gutman and the Hoosiers will kick off against Northwestern at 7 p.m.
Auston Matricardi

After a weather-induced postponement, IU will host Northwestern on Wednesday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The No. 2 Hoosiers (7-0-1, 1-0 Big Ten) come into this one on a tear, having won seven straight games after dropping their season opener on the road against now No. 1 Wake Forest. In their most recent outing IU bombarded the Evansville defense, winning 5-0.

Northwestern (4-2-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) has has a mixed bag of results recently. Over their last three matches the Wildcats have gone 1-1-1, coming away with a draw in their last game against Ohio State on the road.

The Indiana attack will be a key, as it has been over the course of this winning streak for the Hoosiers. In eight games so far this season IU has scored 21 goals, the most a Hoosier squad has scored in its first eight games since 1998. Those 21 goals have come from eight different players, which shows the balance and depth of the attack which will be important as well.

The player to watch for the Wildcats will be Camden Buescher. The midfielder currently leads Northwestern in goals with three on the season, his most recent coming against Maryland on September 14. The senior also has an assist coming off a season in which he led the team in that category with four.

Last season the Hoosiers won 2-0 behind goals from Mason Toye and Cory Thomas, but recently this matchup has been a hard fought one. IU and Northwestern have gone to overtime in seven of their last ten matchups despite the Hoosiers dominating the series.

Quick Facts:

• Indiana leads the all time series with Northwestern 28-2-7.

• The Hoosiers have won two-straight matches in the series and are unbeaten in the last 11 games, posting a record of 5-0-6.

• IU’s last loss to the Wildcats came on Oct. 25, 2009 in Evanston, Ill.