Oct. 24, 2010
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Grant Field)
Score: Northwestern 4, Iowa 2
Records: Northwestern (11-6, 3-1 Big Ten), Iowa (3-12, 0-5 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Friday, Oct. 29 vs. Penn State 3 p.m. Evanston, Ill.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Playing its final road contest of the regular season, Northwestern took care of business Sunday by beating a struggling Iowa team, 4-2, on the strength of four goals by Chelsea Armstrong. On three of her four tallies, Armstrong was the beneficiary of assists by seniors Sarah Marcincin and Stacy Uchida on perfectly orchestrated penalty corner plays.
Marcincin managed to record assists on all four of Armstrong's scores.
With the win, Northwestern improved to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the league with two games remaining. It is the first time NU has collected three Big Ten victories in a season since the conference reduced the number of Big Ten games in a season from 10 to six in 2000.
"I could tell during warm-ups today that Chelsea was on with her penalty corner shots," said Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs, who has her team still in contention for a Big Ten championship. "She did everything we ask of her today and also scored a world-class goal on top of it. Our whole penalty corner unit and really our entire team worked together for the win today."
Armstrong's second four-goal game of the season increased her Big Ten-leading totals to 23 goals and 57 points, both of which are the No. 2 all-time single-season performances at Northwestern. For her career (37 games), Armstrong is now fifth in school history in both categories (45 goals, 113 points).
Northwestern was able to get on the board with just under six minutes gone by in the first half when Armstrong slammed home the first of her three penalty corner goals. Her second came only six minutes later, but the host Hawkeyes were able to cut their deficit in half when Kim Scraper scored off a penalty corner to make it 2-1.
Iowa tied the score late in the opening period when Sarah Drake scored to make it two-all at halftime.
But Armstrong regained a lead for the Wildcats when she niftily deflected in a hard shot by Marcincin 10 minutes into the second frame. She also delivered the knockout blow when she put home a penalty corner goal with just over 12 minutes to play in the game.
With her three assists on the day, Uchida moved into a tie for the team lead with 11 on the season. Marcincin, meanwhile, now has nine in her senior campaign.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Wirth notched the victory in the cage for NU, making one save and keeping her goals against average steady at 1.98.
The win is Northwestern's first over Iowa since 2004.
Northwestern, which began the 2010 season with eight consecutive road games, can now settle in at home for the remainder of its scheduled season. NU hosts Penn State at 3 p.m. Friday and Michigan State at noon Sunday before playing host to the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 4-7.
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