Sept. 13, 2011
Site: Muncie, Ind. (BSU Field Turf)
Score: Northwestern 3, Ball State 1
Records: NU (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten), Ball State (0-4, 0-0 MAC)
Next NU Event: Friday, Sept. 16 vs. California Evanston, Ill. 1 p.m.
MUNCIE, Ind. -- It was a hot and windy afternoon in central Indiana, but Northwestern kept its cool and earned its fifth win this season with a 3-1 victory over Ball State at BSU Turf Field. Tuesday's win was Northwestern's 15th against Ball State in 24 meetings.
"Great performance today by Nikki (Parsley)," head coach Tracey Fuchs said after the game. "She controlled the play on both sides of the ball. As a team, we had a much better second half and generated a ton of attack."
Parsley started things off for the 'Cats with a goal at the 11 minute mark, her third time finding the back of the cage this season. Ball State fought back and kept things interesting for the rest of the first half, however, stifling the Wildcats' offense. The Cardinals eventually managed to tie things up at one apiece after scoring off a penalty corner with five minutes remaining in the first.
Things remained close on the pitch midway through the second half until NU made the most of the opportunities presented. Season assist leader, senior Regan Mooney, found the back of the net herself, after a corner shot from Chelsea Armstrong, putting the 'Cats ahead, 2-1, with 17 minutes remaining.
Nine minutes later, Armstrong scored off a penalty corner, giving Northwestern the overwhelming 3-1 advantage. The goal was her eighth of the young season, giving her 54 career scores, second all-time in program history. With her performance today, Armstrong moves closer to capturing NU's all-time scoring record, too, sitting only six points behind Sannie van Dijck's record of 139.
Northwestern (5-2, 0-0) will return to Lakeside Field for the weekend to face two formidable opponents in No. 11 California and No. 18 Virginia. The Wildcats will take on the Golden Bears at 1 p.m. on Friday, before squaring off with the Cavaliers at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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