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    Defense Dominates as No. 11 Northwestern Blanks Indiana, 2-0

    Oct. 18, 2013

    Indiana #11 Northwestern 2, Indiana 0
    IU Field Hockey Complex • Bloomington, Ind. • Attendance: 476

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Nikki Parsley scored a pair of first-half goals and No. 11 Northwestern's defense allowed just two Indiana shots throughout the entire contest as the Wildcats posted a 2-0 victory Friday afternoon.

    "We had another total team effort today," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "I thought our midfield played really well and I thought Nikki controlled the game with her possession skills. We're very happy to pick up a victory against a solid Indiana team."

    Despite playing their first game in 12 days, the Wildcats didn't show any signs of rust to start the game. NU and Tara Puffenberger, in particular, came out the aggressor early on as the senior created three quality scoring chances over the opening seven minutes of play.

    Though the 'Cats were unable to cash in with a goal, they dominated possession and the pressure eventually paid off mid-way through the opening stanza. Puffenberger continued to create scoring opportunities when she earned Northwestern's first penalty corner chance of the game.

    Dominique Masters' shot off Charlotte Martin's stop was deflected in by Parsley past Maggie Olson, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the 17:05 mark.

    NU tacked on an insurance goal eight minutes later as Parsley tallied a highlight-reel score. After eluding a pair of defenders at the top of the circle, she chased down the ball as it approached the end line and fired a diving, reverse-stick chip past Olson into the far side of the cage for her team-leading 12th goal of the season.

    Meanwhile, Northwestern's defense prevented the Hoosiers from mounting much of an offensive charge of its own as the hosts managed just two shots over the opening 35 minutes of play, including none on target.

    The two-goal halftime advantage proved to be enough as Indiana was stifled even more so following the intermission as NU didn't allow Indiana to record a single shot as the 'Cats improved to 3-1 in Big Ten play.

    Overall, Northwestern finished the contest with a 16-2 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in penalty corners. The final margin would have been more decisive had it not been for eight saves by Olson. Maddy Carpenter was not required to make a save in earning her fifth shutout of the season.

    The Wildcats return to action at noon Central time Sunday as the travel to 17th-ranked Louisville.


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