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    Top-10 Foes Square Off as Wildcats Host Nittany Lions

    Kelsey Thompson and the Wildcats are seeking their fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

    Kelsey Thompson and the Wildcats are seeking their fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

    Sept. 27, 2012

    #10 Northwestern (9-2, 0-1 Big Ten) vs. #6 Penn State (10-2, 0-1 Big Ten)
    Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
    Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex
    Evanston, Ill. • 2 p.m.
    Big Ten Network (Lisa Byington and Kara Lentz)
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
    Tickets: General admission - $7, Youth/Senior - $4, NU students - FREE w/ valid WildCARD

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- A pair of top-10 foes square off at 2 p.m. Friday as No. 10 Northwestern plays host to sixth-ranked Penn State. The contest is being televised live by Big Ten Network.

    The first 100 Northwestern students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and can register to win a free quarter worth of books.

    After playing its 10 of its first 11 games of the season away from Evanston, Friday's match opens a stretch during which Northwestern plays six of its next seven contests at home.

    Junior Nikki Parsley returns to the Wildcats' lineup after helping the United States earn a third-place finish at the Junior Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Parsley missed the Wildcats' last five contests. She was the United States' top scorer and second-leading scorer overall in the tournament, tallying eight goals. Parsley scored both of the team's goals in a 2-1 win over Chile in the bronze medal match.

    Friday's matchup feature the top scorers in the Big Ten Conference. Two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Chelsea Armstrong paces the league with 16 goals and is tied for first with Penn State's Kelsey Amy with 36 points. Amy trails only Armstrong with her 15 goals this year. Additionally, NU's Tara Puffenberger is fourth in the conference with 10 goals and 25 points.



    NU is coming off a 2-1 win at Ohio last Sunday. The Wildcats got on the board first as Puffenberger found Armstrong in front for a goal at the 9:15 mark. the hosts took advantage of a penalty corner to pull even at 47:05 as Adele Sammons notched her first goal of the year as a deflected shot made it a 1-1 game. The game remained tied until a little over 11 minutes remained in the contest when freshman Caroline Troncelliti took a feed from Kaylee Pohlmeyer and slid a shot by Brittany Walker to put Northwestern in front for good.

    Scouting Penn State
    The Nittany Lions (10-2, 2-0 Big Ten), ranked sixth in this week's NFHCA poll, have won their last seven contests. Most recently, PSU posted a 4-3 home victory over Michigan on Sunday. Penn State is the Big Ten's top scoring team, averaging 4.33 goals per contest. Senior Kelsey Amy, a first-team All-American last season, leads the squad with 15 goals and 36 points. In goal, Ayla Halus sports a 1.51 goals-against average and a .754 save percentage. Charlene Morett is in here 26th season as the head coach of the Nittany Lions. She ranks fourth in Division I history with 437 career wins, including 403 at Penn State.

    Up Next...
    Northwestern returns to action next Friday, Oct. 5 as it travels to Michigan. The contest gets underway at 2 p.m. Central time.


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