Northwestern University Men's SoccerSeptember 26, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band will be on hand this afternoon as the Wildcat Men's Soccer Team hits the pitch against DePaul University.

"Northwestern freshmen will learn the NU fight song during halftime of the match," reports NUSports.com. "Members of the NU men's and women's basketball teams will teach the fight song."

It's a rare mid-week match, but is expected to be well attended at 6 p.m. at Lakeside Field on the Evanston campus. The game is being played as part of Northwestern's Wildcat Welcome, a week-long orientation experience for the thousands of new students who arrived last week.

The Wildcat Band was part of those festivities, too, leading the incoming Class of 2016 in the fourth-annual "March to the Arch." 

"The intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue was shut down to make way for a parade of freshmen in purple shirts," reports Matt Paolelli.   Burgwell Howard, assistant vice president of student engagement, Morton Schapiro, University president, and Victor Shao, president of the Associated Student Government, were also on hand for the event. View a video and the full video at Northwestern NewsCenter.

Back at Lakeside Field this afternoon, the 18th-ranked Wildcat Soccer team will be coming off a shutout win at its regular season opener versus Michigan. It was Northwestern's fifth win in a row, and its third shutout. The Wildcats hope to extend both streaks today, as they hold a 14-8-1 advantage all-time over their crosstown rival.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate and are $7 for adults, $4 for youth and seniors, and $3 for groups of 15 or more.  Fans may track the game at Gametracker, watch video at Wildcats All-Access, and follow live tweets from @NU_SportsLIVE. The Northwestern Bands also tweet at @NUbands, and invite everyone to check in at Lakeside Field on Foursquare.

Tomorrow evening, the Wildcat Marching Band will return to action at Evanston Day, with a performance near Northwestern's iconic Clock Tower at 6 p.m.

—Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

Photo provided by NUSports.com.

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