Aug 25, 2013
NU vs. Notre Dame Box Score
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
Score: No. 10 Notre Dame 4, Northwestern 1
Records: Northwestern (0-2-0), Notre Dame (2-0-0)
Next NU Event: Friday, Aug. 30, 5 p.m. CT • at Northeastern (Boston, Mass.)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Less than 48 hours after playing 100-plus minutes in the 2013 opener, Northwestern had the task of facing 10th-ranked Notre Dame on its home pitch Sunday at Alumni Stadium. Senior Julie Sierks tallied her first goal of the season early in the second half but the Irish captured the match, 4-1.
Notre Dame got on the board early thanks to two goals by Lauren Bohaboy within the first seven minutes. The Irish added another in the 25th minute off a header by Cindy Pineda. Northwestern sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Bergman stayed busy in the first half, fighting through 13 Irish shots and made four saves.
The Wildcats came out strong in the second half as Sierks scored her second career goal about a minute and a half into the frame. Sierks fired off a shot from 16 yards out on the right side, sending a ball into the top left corner of the net. The Edina, Minn., native last scored a goal during her freshman campaign in 2010, also striking against Notre Dame.
The Irish scored once in the second half as Katie Naughton's header off a corner gave them the 4-1 advantage in the 54th minute.
Six Wildcat freshmen saw action in Sunday's game. Addie Steiner and Kourtney Scott returned to the starting lineup while Rachel Zampa, Kaitlin Moore, Maria Grygleski and Jenna Hascher played their first game of the year, coming in off the bench. Hascher replaced Bergman in net during the second half and did not allow a goal in 21 minutes, making two saves. Bergman finished the game with eight saves in 69 minutes.
Northwestern returns to the pitch next weekend, playing two nonconference foes in Boston. The 'Cats face Northeastern Friday, Aug. 30 and then visit Boston University on Sunday, Sept. 1.
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