Sep 9, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Kristin Wirtz tallied her first collegiate goal in the first half and No. 11 Northwestern added two more scores after the break in taking down Miami (Ohio) 3-0 in a Monday matinee at Lakeside Field.
Isabel Flens and Nikki Parsley also notched scores for the Wildcats as they won their fourth straight game.
"I was really pleased with our effort today," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "Our defense has been solid and our corner execution is getting better and better. Miami is a very good team. We have a lot that we can continue to improve upon, but I like the direction that we're headed."
Behind goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter and Lisa McCarthy, Charlotte Martin and Julia Retzky on the back line of defense, NU has allowed just one goal in its last three contests combined. The Wildcats made life difficult for the RedHawks' attack on Monday, as they didn't allow a shot in the opening half.
Northwestern dominated possession throughout the first stanza and cashed in at 12:19 as Flens fed a pass through to Wirtz who found herself alone with goalkeeper Sarah Mueller and beat her to put the hosts in front.
Despite the Wildcats' 8-0 shot advantage over the opening 35 minutes of play, they were unable to get another score before the break as Miami was able to hang close.
However, NU got an important insurance goal five and a half minutes into the second period as it earned a penalty corner. Lisa McCarthy inserted to Julia Retzky who stopped and fed the ball to Dominique Masters who then fired a pass to fellow freshman Flens whoo deflected it into the cage, making it 2-0.
The 'Cats would put the game out of reach at 47:19 as Parsley tallied her third of the season off a rebound following another corner to make it a three-goal margin.
The RedHawks did manage to earn eight second-half penalty corners, but the Northwestern defense stood tall to earn its second shutout of the season.
The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday as they travel to Muncie, Ind., to face Ball State. The contest is slated to get underway at 2 p.m. Central time.
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