Oct. 30, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: Northwestern 1, Louisville 0
Records: NU (12-8, 1-5 Big Ten), UL (10-8, 3-3 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Nov. 3 vs. TBA Evanston, Ill. Noon
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 20 Northwestern closed out the regular season at Lakeside Field on Sunday in gritty fashion, coming away with a 1-0 victory over Louisville on Senior Day. In fitting fashion, senior Regan Mooney scored the games lone goal at the 25-minute mark, and the `Cats' defense performed at its highest level to stymie any Cardinals' attack.
Before the game, five NU seniors -- Megan Jamieson, Claire Thompson, Jaimie Orrico, Kaylee Pohlmeyer and Regan Mooney -- were honored for their contributions throughout their careers.
"I thought we played pretty well today," said head coach Tracey Fuchs, back from the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she helped the United States clinch a spot in the 2012 Olympic games with a win over No. 1-ranked Argentina. "We possessed the ball as good as we have all season. Louisville has a good defense, but sometimes one is enough, and it was today."
Northwestern, accustomed to fast starts this season, pounced out of the gates and controlled possession for the first 15 minutes on the pitch. Junior Chelsea Armstrong got into the action first with a shot at the five-minute mark, but the ball sailed just wide. After that, the two sides traded shots back-and-forth, but both goalies used their range to cover their respective cages, not allowing anything by.
Just over 25 minutes into the contest, Kirsty Crampton Smith
gained control of the ball in Cardinal territory and charged forward, looking to score. The freshman used great vision and a very quick pass to move the ball to Mooney, who then placed it nicely into the back of the cage to give Northwestern its 1-0 lead.
The rest of the way, Northwestern relied on its stout defense and freshman goalie, Maddy Carpenter, who had four crucial saves on the day. Twice, the Cardinals had a one-man advantage moving the ball in the circle, but Carpenter stayed calm and blocked the shots away.
"Maddy was solid for us in the cage," Fuchs said. "She had a great effort, and I thought Kelsey Thompson played defense as good as she had all year for us."
Louisville tried all second half to tie things up at one apiece, getting off seven shots in the half, but Northwestern didn't let up, eventually wearing out the Cardinals to take the game, 1-0.
Up next, Northwestern heads to University Park, Pa., for the 2011 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament from Thursday to Saturday.
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