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    Wildcats Fall to No. 14 Louisville, 4-3

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Meghan Small scored one goal against Louisville.
    Meghan Small scored one goal against Louisville.

    Sept. 18, 2005

    Box Score

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's field hockey team dropped a nail-biter to No. 14 Louisville Sunday, Sept. 18. The two teams were deadlocked at 2-2 until Louisville scored two late goals and went on to beat the 'Cats, 4-3.

    The match started out with both teams set to establish themselves on offense. The Cardinals struck first as Carrie Jackson was able to slip one by Northwestern goalkeeper Sherri-Anne Nyberg to make it 1-0 Louisville.

    Less than two minutes later, Northwestern senior Holly Palin (Mequon, Wis./University School of Milwaukee) rebounded her own shot deep in Louisville territory, and sent it by the Cardinal keeper to tie the score at 1-1.

    At 18:56 the Cardinals were awarded a penalty corner. The stopper sent it left to Janelle Avila who scored, making it 2-1 Louisville.

    The Wildcats came back less than 10 minutes later to tie it up again. Meghan Small (Bethlehem, Pa./Moravian Academy) took a Palin pass and one-timed it home from five yards out.

    With six minutes to play in the half, Louisville was awarded a penalty shot. Louisville's Jen Kastelic took the shot, and sent it to Nyberg's right. The diving Nyberg deflected it, thwarting the Cardinal scoring opportunity. The teams would go into halftime tied at 2-2.

    The two teams played evenly coming out of the break. Louisville did outshoot the Wildcats 13-9 in the second half, but thanks to sound defense and goaltending, a majority of those shots didn't do damage.

    The Cardinals were able to score again in the game's 57th minute. Avila took a pass from only five yards out and snuck it by Nyberg to make the score 3-2 Louisville.

    The Cardinals scored again at 64:52 to go up by two with a little more than five minutes remaining in the match.



    The Wildcats stayed persistent, however, and Jill Putnam (Greenfield, Mass./Greenfield) scored her fifth goal of the season with 10 seconds remaining, to bring the Wildcats within a goal.

    Louisville then controlled it for the last 10 seconds, giving the Cardinals a 4-3 win.

    For the match, the 'Cats were impressive on offense and defense. They outshot the Cardinals 21-20, and tallied two more penalty corners. The Wildcats also held Louisville's Jessica Javalet, the nation's leading point scorer, to only two shots. With the loss, Northwestern falls to 5-2. The Wildcats will be back in action at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Penn State.