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    Northwestern Cruises Past Missouri State, 4-0

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Nikki Parsley recorded a goal and an assist in Northwestern's convincing 4-0 victory over Missouri State.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Freshman Nikki Parsley recorded a goal and an assist in Northwestern's convincing 4-0 victory over Missouri State.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Sept. 11, 2010

    Box Score

    Site: Fenton, Mo. (Busch Center)
    Score: Northwestern 4, Missouri State 0
    Records: NU (4-3, 0-0 Big Ten), Missouri State (2-3)
    Next NU Event: Sun., Sept. 12 at Saint Louis (Busch Center), 2 p.m.

    FENTON, Mo. -- After 30 minutes of scoreless field hockey versus Missouri State, Northwestern scored twice in 39 seconds en route to a 4-0 victory Saturday afternoon at the Busch Center in Fenton, Mo. Four different Wildcats found the back of the cage as NU outshot the Bears by a 30-4 margin and racked up 15 penalty corners to Missouri State's three.

    "This was a good outing for us and we did a much better job drawing corners today," said NU head coach Tracey Fuchs. "We need to convert those into goals at a much higher percentage, however, and that is something we will work on tomorrow against Saint Louis."

    Leading Northwestern at the point of attack was forward Chelsea Armstrong, who was responsible for 12 of NU's 30 shots, including nine on frame. Armstrong assisted on the Wildcats' first goal when her penalty corner hit was tipped in by Zoe Almquist for Almquist's second goal of the season and her fifth of her career.

    Less than a minute later, the Wildcats doubled their lead when Armstrong received a feed from freshman Nikki Parsley and deposited her shot into the left side. Armstrong's three points on the afternoon increased her Big Ten-leading season total to 18.

    After halftime, Parsley got herself into the scoring column as NU capitalized on a Missouri State turnover in the back line. Catherine Franklin dished the ball to her classmate Parsley, who finished with a shot past goalkeeper Steph Anderson for her second career goal.

     

     

    In the 46th minute, junior forward Regan Mooney continued to display her nose for the goal in the circle, punching home a loose-ball rebound for her fourth goal this season.

    Senior goalkeeper Katie Lynch needed to make just one save in securing her first shutout of the season and second of her career. The shutout was also the first of 2010 for Northwestern as a team.

    Fuchs and Northwestern will go for two in a row Sunday when they face host Saint Louis at the Anheuser-Busch Center. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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