Oct. 17, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 11 Northwestern returns to action following a weekend off from competition as it travels to Indiana on Friday and No. 17 Louisville on Sunday.
Friday's contest gets underway at 2 p.m. Central time and is being televised live by Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Kara Lentz on the call.
The Wildcats won their previous contest on BTN this season, defeating then-No. 14 Iowa 4-3 in overtime Sept. 27. NU also will host Ohio State in a televised contest Nov. 1.
Northwestern (11-3) will be playing its first contest since notching a 3-1 win at Kent State Oct. 6. The 'Cats come into Friday's game at 2-1 in Big Ten play, good for third place behind Penn State and Michigan State who are both 3-0.
Nikki Parsley, who leads the team with 10 goals this season, scored a pair in the Kent State victory. Kelley Stump contributed a goal of her own late in the first half as the Wildcats surged out to a 3-0 lead at the break and didn't look back.
Parsley paced a balanced Northwestern attack as five players have tallied five goals or more this season. Sophomore Caroline Troncelliti has six tallied while senior Tara Puffenberger and freshmen Dominique Masters and Isabel Flens have five apiece.
The Wildcats have done a terrific job of creating scoring chances as their average of 10.07 penalty corners per game is the third-highest average in the nation.
Defensively, NU ranks 10th in the nation with a 1.19 goals-against average with junior goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter.
The Hoosiers (7-6, 0-3 Big Ten) posted a 4-1 win over Pacific in Iowa City, Iowa, last Saturday to snap a four-match losing streak. Four different IU players recorded goals in the contest. Audra Heilman leads the team with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. Karen Lorite paces the squad with three game-winning goals. In goal, Maggie Olson sports a 2.08 goals-against average with a .713 save percentage. Her average of 5.31 saves per game ranks first in the conference.
The Cardinals (10-4, 4-1) dropped a pair of contests on the road last weekend, falling 6-0 at Connecticut and 2-1 in overtime at Brown. Louisville takes a 6-0 home record into Saturday's game against Rutgers prior to facing Northwestern. Alyssa Voelmle ranks first on the team with eight goals while Shannon Sloss has seven. Goalkeeper Sydney King has a 1.68 goals-against average and a .718 save percentage. The Cardinals have out-scored their opponents by a slim 15-14 margin in first halves this season, but holds a 26-8 edge in the second half as well as 2-0 in overtime.
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