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    Wildcats Topple Wolverines 4-1 for 14th Straight Home Win

    Sept. 29, 2013

    Michigan #12 Northwestern 4, #19 Michigan 1
    Lakeside Field • Evanston, Ill. • Attendance: 385

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 12 Northwestern rolled to its 14th consecutive home win Sunday, taking down No. 19 Michigan 4-1 at Lakeside Field.

    After winning its 2011 home finale, NU won all seven of its home games a year ago before improving to a perfect 6-0 on its home turf this season. The 'Cats have just one home game remaining, Nov. 1 vs. Ohio State.

    Freshman Isabel Flens scored a pair of second-half goals off assists from Caroline Troncelliti as the Wildcats improved to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play.

    In front of a season-best crowd, NU jumped on the board first in the 15th minute of play. The Wildcats were awarded a penalty stoke following a Michigan foul at the goal line and Nikki Parsley beat Haley Jones to her right, giving the hosts the lead.

    Michigan would answer back at 17:26 as Ainsley McCallister's shot from near the top of the circle made its way through traffic and into the goal to make it 1-1.

    The Wildcats regained the lead with just over three minutes remaining in the opening stanza as a loose ball in front of the cage went from Kelley Stump to Troncelliti to Flens who tapped it in at the post to give Northwestern a 2-1 advantage.

    Despite fairly even possession time over the first 35 minutes of play, the 'Cats held a 10-2 advantage in shots at the intermission.

    The game remained a one-goal contest until under eight minutes remained. Northwestern had a number of good chances to build upon its lead, but Jones kept the Wolverines close thanks to making nine saves.

    Michigan pushed forward late in the contest, looking for the equalizer. However, on a counter attack, Troncelliti made a tremendous individual effort, eventually drawing Jones out of her cage before feeding the ball to Flens for a wide-open goal that increased NU's edge to 3-1 with 7:54 left.

    Northwestern would tally one final goal with just four seconds remaining when Tara Puffenberger scored off a penalty corner with assists from Julia Retzky and Lisa McCarthy.

    Though NU goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter didn't make a save in the contest, Retzky made two stops at the goal line to prevent Michigan scores. The Wildcats finished with a 16-5 advantage in shots and 8-3 in corners.

    The victory sets up a huge matchup between Northwestern and No. 8 Penn State in University Park on Saturday. The contest is slated to get underway at noon Central time.


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