Aug. 26, 2012
NU vs. Dayton Box Score
Site: Baujan Field (Dayton, Ohio)
Score: Dayton 5, Northwestern 2
Records: NU (2-1-0), Dayton (3-1-0)
Next NU Event: Friday, Aug. 31 — vs. No. 13 Marquette – Lakeside Field, 7 p.m.
DAYTON, Ohio. -- Northwestern scored two goals in less than 90 seconds to tie things up midway through the second half, but Dayton prevailed 5-2 Sunday at Baujan Field.
Junior Kate Allen scored at the 62:21 mark and sophomore Niki Sebo found the net again at the 63:45 mark, tying things up at 2-2 after two Dayton first-half goals. The Flyers responded shortly after, netting the game-winner at 65:01.
"I was very pleased with the way the team adjusted and fought back after being down 2-0," Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan said. "We were getting out-played and we made some adjustments that worked well for us. I thought the later part of the first half and the beginning of the second half, we were great. We got it back to 2-2 and I thought we were in a good position to challenge to win the game. We had a lot of good quality scoring chances that we just didn't even keep on goal. We needed to force their keeper to make more saves than we did because we certainly had the opportunities. Credit to Dayton though for converting their chances. We are young and we'll learn from it. There are some easy things for us to fix and some promising moments to build on."
After a pair of 2-1 victories to open the season, the Wildcats drop their first game of the young 2012 campaign and are 2-1-0 heading into Friday’s home opener at Lakeside Field vs. No. 13 Marquette. The Flyers, who are the preseason favorites in the Atlantic 10, improve to 3-1-0.
Following Dayton’s two first-half goals, the Wildcats came out with more energy in the second half, firing off two early shots that were close looks before Allen’s goal. NU put the score at 2-1 after a Dayton defender attempted to clear the ball and Allen was there to deflect it into the net for her second goal of the year.
Sebo then scored her second goal of the season quickly after as sophomore KK Barr crossed the ball over to Sebo who finished with a lob in over the keeper.
Tied 2-2, Dayton came back with the game-winner by Nicole Waters and scored two more before the end of regulation.
After three shots in the first half, Northwestern came back with seven looks in the second compared to eight for Dayton. Four Wildcats had two shots each, including Sebo, Allen, sophomore Georgia Waddle and sophomore Kiltie Finsand, who had one that hit the crossbar with seven seconds left in the first half.
NU freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bergman played her first collegiate game Sunday as sophomore Anna Cassell left with an injury during the first half. Cassell saved six shots in 42:11 and Bergman stopped a shot.
Moynihan used 20 different players Sunday, including newcomers freshmen Natalie Cikos, Margo McGinty, Nandi Mehta, Rachel Bergman, Jennifer Korn and sophomore Katie Gancedo.
Two red cards were issued late in the game as Sebo received a card at the 82:31 mark and Dayton’s Alexis Garcia was ejected at 84:12.
After playing the first three games on the road to start the season, NU opens up the 2012 homestand Friday at 7 p.m., hosting No. 13 Marquette at Lakeside Field.
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