Sept. 21, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern put the pressure on Robert Morris' defense starting with the opening whistle and never relented, outshooting the Colonials, 21-7, on the way to a 4-0 shutout win at Lakeside Field Sunday. Senior goalkeeper Emily Kyle (San Francisco, Calif./San Francisco University HS) earned her third clean sheet of the year and senior forward Annie Bosslet (Granite City, Ill./Villa Duchesne) assisted on three of NU's four goals to lift Northwestern to a perfect 4-0 home record in 2008.
In four home games this season, Northwestern has rung up a 21-3 goal-scoring advantage against its opponents.
Just over five minutes into the game, senior Alexandra Quinn (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) put the 'Cats on the board when she collected a loose ball in front of the cage and slotted it past RMU goalie Stephanie Seeley for her ninth goal of the season.
Five minutes later, NU (5-4) executed its penalty corner offense to perfection when senior Alison Bullock (Chevy Chase, Md./Stone Ridge) deflected in a shot off a set-up by Courtney Plaster-Strange (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) and Bosslet to put Northwestern up 2-0. Bullock now has 12 goals in her career at NU.
Quinn nearly had her second goal of the game just minutes into the second half when she headed toward goal with only the 'keeper Seeley to beat. Seeley made a sprawling save to deny Quinn, but NU's leading scorer would have another chance minutes later. This time, Quinn took a through-pass from Bosslet and managed to dribble around Seeley to put Northwestern up, 3-0.
Seeley finished with nine saves on the afternoon for Robert Morris (3-6).
Junior Elizabeth Dobbs (Wellesley, Mass./St. Ignatius (San Francisco)) joined Quinn as the second NU player this season to score goals in four consecutive games when she took a feed from Bosslet at the top of the arc and beat Seeley with a well-placed shot. Dobbs is second on Northwestern with five goals in 2008.
Through nine matches, NU's defense is limiting opponents to just over 2.5 goals per game, a marked improvement compared to nearly 3.8 goals per contest through the same amount of games in 2007. This is the first time since 2003 that Northwestern has posted at least three shutouts in one year.
Next week, Northwestern travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for games against No. 16 Michigan and No. 19 California.