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    'Cats Drop Opener to Friars in Overtime, 2-1

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    Providence Providence 2, Northwestern 1 (OT)
    Friar Field Hockey Complex • Providence, R.I. • Attendance: 231

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    Aug 30, 2013

    Site: Providence, R.I. (Friar Field Hockey Complex)
    Score: Providence 2, No. 11 Northwestern 1
    Records: NU (0-1), Providence (1-0)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, Sept. 1 - at Northeastern (Dedham, Mass.), Noon CT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence scored 3:31 into overtime, handing No. 11 Northwestern a 2-1 loss in the season-opener for both teams Friday afternoon.

    Providence came out the aggressors to start the match and the hosts earned consecutive penalty corners in the opening five minutes of play. The Friars' cashed in on the second attempt as Henni Tietze scored off assists from Sally Adua and Caitlin Malone to give the hosts the early advantage at the 4:46 mark.

    The goal seemed to get NU going, though, as the Wildcats came right back and earned their first of six corners in the half. Near misses by Dominique Masters and Nikki Parsley allowed Providence to maintain its lead, but Northwestern eventually cashed in at 18:33.

    Tara Puffenberger found Parsley alone inside the top of the circle and the senior fired a backhanded shot past Deidra Clymer to make it 1-1. The 'Cats remained on the attack throughout the remainder of the stanza but wasn't able to cash in despite finishing with a 10-4 edge in shots and a 6-2 edge in corners over the opening 35 minutes of play.

    Northwestern continued its pressure throughout the second half but struggled to deliver the go-ahead goal. The Wildcats briefly appeared to take the lead early in the period, but the tally was ruled to have gone in off a foot.

    Providence had a great chance with 11 minutes to go as it earned a corner and defender Julia Retzky was in the right place at the right time as she saved a shot off the goal line to maintain the 1-1 tie.

    NU earned consecutive corners of its own as the clock went under seven minutes remaining, but Clymer came up with a pair of huge saves, including denying Lisa McCarthy alone at the post.

    The game would remain deadlocked throughout the remainder of regulation. With the golden goal rule in effect in the extra session, the Wildcats were called for a foul in their defensive zone. Off the restart, the Friars found Daniella Bernasconi alone in front for the game-winner.

    NU finished with an 18-8 advantage in shots and a 13-5 edge in penalty corners. Clymer came up with nine saves for Providence while Carpenter had one for the 'Cats.

    Northwestern returns to action at noon Central time Sunday as it takes on No. 15 Northeastern in Dedham, Mass.


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