Sept. 2, 2012
Box Score |
Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Score: Northwestern 2, Colorado 2
Records: NU (2-2-1), Colorado (3-0-2)
Next NU Event: Friday, Sept. 7 – vs. Northern Illinois – Lakeside Field – 7 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern scored two first-half goals and defended well during extra time to hang on for a 2-2 double-overtime tie against first-time opponent Colorado Sunday at Lakeside Field.
Colorado came into today’s game, allowing just one goal all season and the Wildcats managed to send two in during the first 16 minutes of regulation. The Buffs countered to start the second half, scoring two of their own within about four minutes of each other. Both teams defended well the rest of the way, ending in a 2-2 result for NU’s first tie of the season. The Wildcats are 2-2-1 on the year while Colorado stands at 3-0-2.
“I thought we were great in the first half. I liked the way we were moving the ball, we were very composed with a couple of nice goals and we created some good chances,” Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan said. “It’s one of those things, when you’re up 2-0, when you’re getting chances to really put the game away, you need to take advantage of it and we didn’t.”
Northwestern scored its first goal at the 13:21 mark off a set piece as freshman defender Jennifer Korn took a free kick near the corner kick flag on the left side of the field. Korn sent the ball into the box, finding sophomore midfielder Georgia Waddle who headed it in for her third goal of the year.
Shortly after in the 16th minute (15:30), Northwestern extended its lead to 2-0, scoring off a penalty kick. Freshman midfielder Margo McGinty was fouled inside the box and junior forward Kate Allen took the penalty kick, sending a low shot past Colorado goalkeeper Annie Brunner for her third goal of the season.
The first half ended with an even 5-5 tally on shots and 1-1 count on corner kicks. Brunner saved three shots while NU freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bergman saved one in the closing seconds of the first frame.
About five minutes into the second, Colorado scored their first goal off a set piece as Quinn Krier sent her corner kick into the scrum in front of the goal and Amy Barczuk headed it in for the Buffs. Colorado then tied things up at 2-2 in the 54th minute (53:59) as Madison Krauser fired off a shot from 12 yards out, sending it past Bergman for the score.
NU had two more looks at the net in the second period, including a shot by sophomore forward KK Barr that was saved by Brunner with seven seconds remaining.
Both teams had a shot in the first overtime. NU had a dangerous scoring opportunity in the 99th minute as sophomore midfielder Niki Sebo nearly put a header in on the right side from inside the six-yard box, but Brunner was there for the save.
Colorado had the 1-0 edge on shots in the second overtime. With the clock winding down, Waddle had an opportunity, chasing a ball heading towards the CU goal, but she was unable to get a foot on the ball as time expired.
“You have to give Colorado credit for battling back into it,” Moynihan said. “There’s a lot of girls on our team that played a lot of minutes this weekend in two very difficult games. I liked the effort and again, I thought we showed a lot of spirit and determination but we have to be smarter about a few things. I thought we were in a position to win the game, and we probably should have, so that part of it’s disappointing, but a lot of things to build from.”
Northwestern continues its five-match homestand next weekend, welcoming in-state rival Northern Illinois to Lakeside Field Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
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