Oct. 21, 2012
Box Score |
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex)
Score: #8 Northwestern 6, Missouri State 0
Records: NU (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten), Missouri State (4-11, 2-3 MAC)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Oct. 28 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), Noon
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern standout Chelsea Armstrong capped a four-goal day by posting the historic 100th goal of her career on Senior Day as the Wildcats rolled to a 6-0 victory over Missouri State.
Armstrong, who entered the game as the nation's leader in goals scored this season, extended her season total to 29 which also broke the NU single-season goal mark in the process. She is just the third player in Big Ten history to score 100 career goals, joining Kristy Gleason of Iowa (132, 1989-93) and Sue Marcellus of Ohio State (117, 1976-79).
"It wasn't something I was concentrating on," said Armstrong of the 100-goal milestone. "It was a little bit of a distraction, to be honest. Obviously, it's a great achievement. I couldn't have done it without everyone around me. A lot of them have come off of short corners, which means someone else has done something great to earn that opportunity. I can't take all the credit. It was really nice for it to come on Senior Day."
The Wildcats put the pressure on the Bears right out of the gates as it had earned four penalty corners just over three minutes into the match. NU was unable to tally on any of the opportunities, but it finally did cash in at 5:49 when Armstrong scored off an assist from Caroline Troncelliti.
The lead grew to 2-0 at 7:12 when Lisa McCarthy sent a cross to senior Kaylee Pohlmeyer who tapped it in out of air and past goalie Andrea Bain. Northwestern kept the pressure on and earned yet another penalty corner and Armstrong notched her second goal of the match off assists from McCarthy and Charlotte Martin at the 11:46 mark.
The Wildcats dominated the opening half as it held advantages of 20-1 in shots and 12-0 in penalty corners over the opening 35 minutes of play. However, Missouri State was unable to prevent any further damage following the three early goals.
With the milestone total within her reach, Armstrong made it a hat trick on the afternoon at 41:46. Off a penalty corner, Armstrong took a feed from Retzky, eluded a defender and tied Lisa Griswold's school single-season record total of 28 goals that had stood since 1983.
Tara Puffenberger got into the act seven minutes later when she fired home a backhanded shot from just inside the top of the circle to increase the Wildcats' lead to 5-0.
The only things left in doubt were the shutout and whether or not Armstrong could reach the career century mark. The latter was accomplished at 52:03 when Puffenberger led a break up the field for the Wildcats and she found Armstrong alone with an empty cage. The Perth, Australia, native knew what to do as she knocked home an easy score for the 100th tally of her brilliant career, setting off a celebration on the field and on the Northwestern bench.
"Chelsea has been amazing," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "If you look at how excited everybody else was for her today, it's just a testament to her leadership and what she has done for our program and for Northwestern. She a one-of-a-kind for a coach. I'm glad I have her for a few more games."
The shutout would eventually come to fruition as well as senior Amanda Wirth teamed up with the Northwestern defense to limit the Bears to two shots on goal in the contest.
The victory was the eighth consecutive for the Wildcats and their 15th in their last 16 matches.
"This group of seniors will always be the one that I started with," said Fuchs of the group that includes Armstrong, Pohlmeyer, Wirth, Colleen Petronchak and Shannon Disbrow. "It's been great to see them grow and build. It didn't happen overnight, but each year we've been getting better and better."
With just one match remaining in the regular season, Northwestern travels to Iowa next Sunday, Oct. 28 with a Big Ten title on the line. The Wildcats enter the final weekend of the season tied atop the conference standings with Penn State with identical 4-1 league marks. Iowa is 3-1 entering a home match with Michigan on Friday.
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