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    NU Falls to Fairleigh Dickinson in Season Opener, 1-0

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    Aug. 22, 2014

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    FDU Fairleigh Dickinson 1, Northwestern 0
    Marquette Invitational • Valley Fields • Milwaukee, Wis.

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    MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Northwestern officially opened the 2014 season at the Marquette Invitational against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday night. The `Cats demonstrated strong offense and made 17 shots, but FDU ultimately came away with the 1-0 win.

    The `Cats recorded eight shots in the first half to the Knights' four, but the first half ended with no goals.

    Redshirt sophomore Rachel Hoekstra broke the scoreless streak early in the second half, finding the back of the net for FDU with a shot outside the box in the 46th minute. Northwestern continued to generate offensive chances with nine more shots through the rest of the match, keeping Fairleigh Dickinson's defense on its toes. The Knights made four saves to keep the `Cats at bay, and were able to clinch the victory.

    Six freshmen made their Northwestern debuts on Friday, four of whom made the starting lineup. Kassidy Gorman, Kim Jerantowski, Nikia Smith, and goalkeeper Lauren Clem started the match, and Maria Fayeulle and Michelle Manning got minutes as substitutes.

    Jerantowski and Manning both contributed one shot on goal apiece, and goalkeeper Clem made two saves.

    Northwestern's next challenger is No. 15 Marquette on Sunday, which concludes the Cats' time at the Marquette Invitational. Kickoff is at 4:30 pm.

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