Nov. 3, 2011
Site: State College, Pa. (Penn State Field Hockey Complex)
Score: Penn State 6, Northwestern 1,
Records: #3 Penn State (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten), #6 NU (12-9, 1-5 Big Ten)
State College, Pa. -- Northwestern gave a valiant effort, but could not muster enough offense to match Penn State's 30 shots and 14 penalty corners, falling to the host Nittany Lions, 6-1, in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Wildcats wrap-up the 2011 campaign with a record of 12-9 overall.
"Penn State was the better team today," head coach Tracey Fuchs said after the game. "They had been playing better and better as the year went on, and I just think we weren't deep enough today with a few injuries. I thought everyone played hard for 70 minutes and we never stopped fighting, regardless of the score."
Northwestern got on the board just three minutes in, thanks to a perfectly executed corner. Senior Regan Mooney inserted the ball to fellow classmate Jamie Orrico who tapped it to Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Chelsea Armstrong. The junior fired it from the top of the circle and it squeaked past the Nittany Lion goalie, Ayla Halus.
Penn State answered in the 12th minute with a goal from Ashtin Klinger, which sparked two more Nittany Lion goals, both by Taylor Herold, over the next eight minutes. The hosts headed into intermission with a 3-1 lead. PSU held a vast advantage in both shots and corners, firing 16 shots while being awarded nine penalty corners.
The Wildcats looked for more on the offensive end to start the half, but Penn State proved to be too much, registering its fourth score of the game just 35 seconds into the second stanza. Penn State never looked back, tacking on two more goals to make it a 6-1 final.
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