Oct. 23, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- On the road for the final time in the regular season, Northwestern travels to No. 19 Ohio State and No. 11 Louisville this weekend looking to take down a ranked opponent in its ninth and 10th tries of 2008. With just three games remaining before the Big Ten Tournament at Indiana, Northwestern (6-10, 0-4) will rely on the leadership of its seniors down the stretch: forward Annie Bosslet, midfielder Alison Bullock, goalkeeper Emily Kyle, midfielder Jill Putnam and forward Alexandra Quinn.
Kyle enters the weekend leading the Big Ten in saves with 104. With 21 saves over the season’s final stretch, she will crack Northwestern’s top-10 list for season saves and move into fourth all-time in school history. Kyle is averaging 6.50 saves per game in her senior campaign.
On offense, Northwestern has received at least one point from 11 different players in 2008, with Quinn’s 28 points leading the way. A year ago, nine Wildcats got on the board with at least one point.
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Northwestern has squared off with Ohio State 50 times in program history and owns a slight advantage in the all-time series with a 26-23-1 record. NU last knocked off the Buckeyes in 1995.
Sunday’s contest marks the fourth-ever game between the Wildcats and Louisville, with the Cardinals having won the first three. The two schools last met in 2006, a 4-3 Louisville win in Evanston.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
No. 19 Ohio State is 11-6 overall this season with a 2-3 mark in the Big Ten. OSU is on a three-game winning streak with two road shutouts against conference foes in that span—5-0 at Indiana (Oct. 10) and 2-0 at Iowa (Oct. 19). Senior Linda Haussener drives Ohio State’s offensive attack, leading the Big Ten in points (41) and goals (15) while ranking second in assists (11). The Buckeye defense has also been stellar this year, leading the conference in team shutouts (8) while owning the league’s second-best goals against average (1.18).
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Louisville (10-5, 4-1), who has spent the last six weeks in the No. 11 slot in the NFHCA Coaches’ Poll, is in search of its third consecutive win and is battling for a spot in the BIG EAST Conference Championship. U of L is led on offense by points leader sophomore Nicole Youman (17) and goals leaders Tuli Limm and Kayla May (6G, 2A each).
Come out to Lakeside Field on Saturday, Nov. 1, when Northwestern hosts Indiana at noon in the regular season finale and the final home contest for five senior Wildcats.