Oct. 22, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: #11 Iowa 5, #20 Northwestern 2
Records: #11 Iowa (12-3, 4-2 Big Ten), #20 NU (11-7, 1-4 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Friday, Oct. 28 vs. Ohio State Evanston, Ill. 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 20 Northwestern held the momentum early against 11th-ranked Iowa Saturday at Lakeside Field, but the Hawkeyes' ability to convert penalty corner opportunities secured their fourth conference win en route to a 5-2 victory over the Wildcats.
"I thought it was a tough game to swallow because we generated a lot of attack in the first half," said head coach Tracey Fuchs. "Their goalie played really well in the first half to counter our pressure. Iowa came out in the second half strong and put some goals on the board, but I liked how we played in the last 15 minutes, so we'll be looking to carry that on to next weekend."
Northwestern struggled to score from the get-go, even though the its offense reeled off the game's first six shots in the first 20 minutes. Iowa, which also struggled offensively in the early going, was first on the scoreboard with 12 minutes remaining in the half. A corner - their first of five in the game - set up Jessica Barnett to slide one past Maddy Carpenter. The Hawkeyes struck again with another corner opportunity to make the score 2-0 heading into the half.
After halftime, the Wildcat offense asserted itself again, but to no avail. Iowa's Cathleen McGraw, who recorded 10 saves on the day, stopped two quick back-to-back shots by Maria Kovalchuk, snuffing out NU's hope of jumping back into the game early after the break.
The Hawkeyes extended their lead with two goals only four minutes apart to put the `Cats in a 4-0 hole midway through the second. But as the clock wound down, Northwestern shifted into another, more aggressive gear. In a three-minute span, senior back Megan Jamieson and Nikki Parsley ignited the offense with smart play. Jamieson recorded her second career goal with a great shot off a nice pass from Parsley. Soon after she assisted the first goal, Parsley drove to the net herself, registering her third score on the weekend for Northwestern with a beautiful unassisted conversion.
Iowa suppressed any Northwestern rally with a final goal of their own with just over a minute to play in the game, knocking the Wildcats off, 5-2.
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