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    Northwestern Remains Perfect in California With 5-1 Win Over Pacific

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Amanda Wirth made three saves in goal to earn the win for the Wildcats.
    Amanda Wirth made three saves in goal to earn the win for the Wildcats.

    Sept. 2, 2012

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    Site: Berekeley, Calif. (Maxwell Family Field)
    Score: Northwestern 5, Pacific 1
    Records: NU (4-1), Pacific (2-2)
    Next NU Event: Monday, Sept. 3 -- vs. UC Davis (Berkeley, Calif.), 1 p.m. CT

    BERKELEY, Calif. -- Chelsea Armstrong scored a pair of goals to lead Northwestern to its third-consecutive win in the state of California as it cruised to a 5-1 victory over Pacific Sunday afternoon.

    "We were able to get everyone in and they were all able to contribute today," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "We executed our corners well and were tough on defense.

    "Amanda Wirth was solid in goal. It's nice to have both her and Maddy Carpenter playing well. It was a solid game all around."

    The Wildcats dominated the action, posting a season-high 23 shots in the contest to nine for the Tigers.

    Freshman Charlotte Martin got the scoring started just under six minutes into the contest as she notched her first collegiate goal off an assist from Tara Puffenberger.

    After setting up Martin on the first goal, Puffenberger was the one to finish at the 28:38 mark. She took a feed from Maria Kovalchuk and beat Pacific goalkeeper Molly Macierz for her third goal of the year to stretch NU's advantage to 2-0.

    The 'Cats would take the two-goal edge into the break as they held a 9-2 advantage in shots.

    Northwestern stretched out its lead a little under seven minutes into the second half as Armstrong tallied her first score of the contest, increasing the lead to three. Freshman Lisa McCarthy contributed her first of two assists on the day off the penalty corner.



    Pacific got on the board at 58:59 when Kelsey Gulledge scored, but NU delivered a back-breaker just 17 seconds later when Kovalchuk scored off Lena Phillips' assist to make it a 4-1 game.

    Armstrong put the icing on the cake two minutes later when she scored following another penalty corner. It was career goal No. 75 and the team-leading fourth of the season for the senior standout.

    With the final game of the road trip set for Monday, a total of 18 players saw playing time for the Wildcats. Wirth went the distance in goal, making three saves to earn the win.

    Northwestern closes out its California road trip with a 1 p.m. Central time contest Monday against UC Davis in Berkeley.


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