Oct. 8, 2010
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: Northwestern 4, Indiana 2
Records: NU (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten), Indiana (6-5, 0-3 conference)
Next NU Event: Friday, Oct. 15 at Michigan -- Ann Arbor, Mich. -- 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Sporting pink uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern received two first-half goals from Chelsea Armstrong and a pair of second-half scores by Sarah Marcincin to down Indiana, 4-2, Friday at Lakeside Field. With the win, NU (10-4) improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1994.
Armstrong, who scored four times on Thursday against UC Davis, now boasts a Big Ten-leading 19 goals and 49 points on the season, moving into sixth place on NU's career lists in both categories.
"I thought we played 70 minutes today, with a ton of attack opportunities, and to limit Indiana to under five shots in an entire game is really good work by the Wildcats," said head coach Tracey Fuchs, now 22-12 in her second season at NU.
In fact, Northwestern was able to outshoot Indiana (6-5, 0-3) by a 21-4 margin, earning 14 penalty corner opportunities to IU's four. The Wildcats extended their streak of games in which they allowed two goals or fewer to 10, dating to Sept. 3 at Virginia Commonwealth.
Armstrong's opening goal of the game was created solely by the hustle of senior forward Marnie Robbins. With Indiana swinging the ball from one side of the backfield to the other, Robbins anticipated the next pass and dove to break up the pass in the arc. Robbins quickly got to her feet and fed a wide-open Armstrong, who sent the ball into the cage for her 18th goal of the year.
NU's second goal came four minutes later when Armstrong sprinted free into the circle and fired a low shot on the run to the left post past Hoosier goalie Becky Pany.
Just as it did against No. 6 Ohio State in its Big Ten-opener, Northwestern took a 2-0 lead into the intermission. With NU continuing to pressure in the second half, Marcincin scored two mirror-image goals within a nine-minute span. Both times, an Armstrong shot off a penalty corner bounced of Pany's pads toward the right post, where Marcincin was in perfect position to slide home the rebounds to give NU a 4-1 lead.
They were the fourth and fifth goals of Marcincin's career.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Wirth made two saves in earning her seventh victory in the cage this season.
Northwestern, winners of seven of its last eight games, returns to the field one week from today when it continues its Big Ten schedule at No. 15 Michigan. Start time is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.
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