Sept. 15, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex)
Score: #10 Northwestern 8, Ball State 0
Records: NU (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten), Ball State (1-5, 0-0 MAC)
Next NU Event: Friday, Sept. 21 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 2:30 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior Tara Puffenberger scored four times as 10th-ranked Northwestern had no trouble with Ball State in its home-opener Saturday afternoon, cruising to an 8-0 victory.
Puffenberger scored twice in each half as the Wildcats won their seventh consecutive game. It was the second time this week that a Northwestern player notched four goals in a game as Chelsea Armstrong accomplished the feat on Tuesday at Wake Forest.
"It's very nice to get a win in our first home game of the year," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "We had some really good performances today and we look forward to opening the Big Ten season next week."
It took the 'Cats a bit to get going, but once they did, the floodgates opened. A penalty corner resulted in a goal for Armstrong as she took a feed from Julia Retzky, dodged a defender and fired a blast by Shelby Henley at the 19:17 mark. Kaylee Pohlmeyer made it 2-0 five minutes later when she put home a rebound.
Puffenberger tallied her first of the day with just over four minutes left in the half when she scored from a tough angle along the endline to increase the lead to three. Her second of day came with just 10 seconds remaining in the opening stanza as she played the ball on a restart, found her way into the circle and scored from the left side to make it 4-0 at the intermission.
Northwestern put things out of reach within the first four minutes of the second half as Pohlmeyer and Puffenberger notched their second and third goals of the day, respectively.
Puffenberger finished off her scoring for the day at 47:31, taking a feed from Lena Phillips to notch her 10th goal of the season. Armstrong finished off the match's scoring with her second off a penalty corner with Puffenberger and Pohlmeyer assisting on the play.
Amanda Wirth earned the victory in goal, notching one save while playing the first half. Maddy Carpenter wasn't forced to make a save while playing the final 35 minutes of action.
Northwestern finished with a commanding 31-3 edge in shots and an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners.
The Wildcats return to action at 2:30 p.m. Central time when they open Big Ten play at Ohio State.
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