Drew Ratner scored seven minutes from time to lift No. 9 Northwestern to a 1-0 win at Lakeside Field in Evanston, IL. The Lions (1-2-2) suffered their second straight defeat while the Wildcats (6-0-1) remain unbeaten.
Northwestern had a lively start, with a header by Matt Eliason rebounding off the post. Freshman Fernando Barba almost put LMU ahead right after halftime but his shot was cleared off the line by NU's Drew Ratner, with goalie Misha Rosenthal beaten.
Ratner would head the winner seven minutes from time, rising to meet a Piero Bellizzi corner.
Northwestern's defense has only allowed one goal on the year, with Rosenthal recording one save against LMU.