Oct. 28, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Grant Field)
Score: #12 Iowa 3, #8 Northwestern 2 (OT)
Records: NU (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten), Iowa (13-5, 4-2 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Nov. 1 -- vs. Indiana at Big Ten Tournament (Iowa City, Iowa), 1:30 p.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- No. 8 Northwestern's shot at a Big Ten regular-season title came up just short as No. 12 Iowa edged the Wildcats 3-2 in overtime Sunday at Grant Field.
Sarah Drake's deflected in a feed from Karli Johansen 5:12 into the first extra session to give the Hawkeyes the win.
Penn State had already earned a share of the Big Ten title thanks to a season-ending win over Michigan State on Saturday. The Wildcats could have earned a share of the crown themselves with a victory over the Hawkeyes.
Iowa had the possession edge through the first five minutes of the contest, but it was the Wildcats who got on the scoreboard first. Off a re-start, Tara Puffenberger did it all by herself, possessing the ball into the circle before firing a backhanded shot past Kathleen McGraw.
The Northwestern defense was stellar in keeping potential Hawkeye threats out of harms way. Iowa put the pressure on throughout the remainder of the half as it earned four penalty corners. However, the Wildcats were able to turn away the hosts on each occasion.
Aside from Puffenberger's goal, NU managed just one other shot over the opening 35 minutes of play and that came in the final 10 seconds of the stanza when another Puffenberger shot on goal was saved by McGraw. Meanwhile, Iowa posted five first-half shots, but none of them were on target.
After not managing a penalty corner in the first half, Northwestern earned one a minute into the second period. The 'Cats weren't able to convert off the corner, but they did just over a minute later as Nikki Parsley launched a long shot from outside the circle that deflected in off an Iowa defender to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Hawkeyes broke in the scoring column with 24:24 left as Natalie Cafone scored off an assist from Geena Lesiak. Just over two minutes later, Iowa made it all the way back when Drake scored on a backhanded shot over Maddy Carpenter's
shoulder to make it 2-2.
Northwestern had an opportunity in the final minute of regulation when it earned a penalty corner. However, the Wildcats were unable to get a shot off. Iowa countered and earned back-to-back corners of its own with no time remaining, but NU was able to hold the Hawkeyes at bay to force overtime.
In the sudden-victory extra session, Johansen's cross in front was deflected in by Drake's out-reached stick, giving Iowa the Senior Day victory.
Northwestern is seeded second in the Big Ten tournament which gets underway Thursday in Iowa City. The Wildcats will square off against seventh-seeded Indiana in an opening-round contest at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
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