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    No. 13 Northwestern Edged By No. 4 Virginia on Late Goal, 2-1

    Sept. 22, 2013

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    Virginia #4 Virginia 2, #13 Northwestern 1
    University Hall Turf Field • Charlottesville, Va. • Attendance: 271

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 13 Northwestern played toe-to-toe with No. 4 Virginia Sunday afternoon, but a late goal by the Cavaliers gave the hosts a 2-1 win, snapping the Wildcats' eight-game winning streak.

    "I'm happy with our performance today," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "Virginia is a very good team and we were evenly matched for a majority of the game. We're excited to come back to Evanston and start our Big Ten season at home against Iowa on Friday."

    The Cavaliers were the aggressors early in the contest as they recorded six shots and four penalty corners in the opening seven minutes of play. The pressure eventually paid off in the 13th minute of play as Virginia was awarded a penalty stroke and Carissa Vittese converted to give the hosts the lead.

    Northwestern's defense stiffened after the goal as it didn't allow another shot over the next nearly 22 minutes of action. The Cavaliers earned consecutive corners in the final minutes of the first half, but Maddy Carpenter made a pair of saves to keep the deficit at just one at the break.

    NU started the second half strong and the second of back-to-back corners eight minutes into the stanza resulted in a goal as Nikki Parsley scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season off an assist from Tara Puffenberger to make it 1-1 with 27:52 remaining.

    The Wildcats nearly claimed the lead with just under 13 minutes to go as they earned a corner and Dominique Masters fired a shot on goal, but defender Jeannie Blackwood made a save to keep the game tied.

    Virginia eventually would get the decisive goal with 5:06 left when Caleigh Foust flicked in a pass from Hadley Bell, giving the Cavaliers a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

    Carpenter made six saves in goal for NU, while Jenny Johnstone made four stops while Virginia defenders stopped two additional shots on target.

    The Wildcats return to action at 2 p.m. Friday as they host Iowa at Lakeside Field. The contest is being televised live by Big Ten Network.

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