Sep 5, 2013
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Northwestern played an aggressive match Thursday night at Valparaiso and despite the 9-1 advantage on shots in the second half, the Crusaders’ first-half goal was the winning score in their 1-0 victory. After trailing 6-4 on chances in the first frame, Northwestern had nine looks in the second half but couldn’t get any past Valpo in the Wildcats’ nonconference road finale.
Kate Allen, Addie Steiner and Suzanne Malherbe each had three shots as the ’Cats finished with four shots on goal. Valpo finished with five shots on goal, four of which were saved by freshman Jenna Hascher, who made her second career start in net.
Valpo had the first two looks of the game, both of which were saved by Hascher. Shortly after, the Wildcats had the first corner kick of the match, which led to an Allen shot that was blocked by Valpo. That set off a flurry of shots for NU as Addie Steiner had another look that was blocked and Julie Sierks fired off one that went wide right.
Valparaiso re-gained possession and found the back of the net in the 33rd minute as Katriona Anesini scored her first goal of the season and the Crusaders took the 1-0 lead into halftime. Valpo had the 6-4 edge on shots in the frame and Hascher made all four of her saves in the first half.
In the second half, Northwestern came out aggressive with a few chances in the opening minutes and kept pressure on Valpo keeper Kristen Manski. Margo McGinty’s look in the 48th minute went high and Malherbe had back-to-back looks that were blocked and saved.
Malherbe had her third chance of the match and one of the best scoring opportunities for NU in the 68th minute. Nicole Jewell’s throw in found Malherbe for a header and her shot just skimmed high over the crossbar. Northwestern continued to maintain possession as Steiner had another shot that was saved by Manski and Allen had two looks that went wide and were saved. At that point in the match (72nd minute), Northwestern took the 12-7 lead on shots.
Valparaiso’s lone look of the half came in the 52nd minute, one that was blocked by the NU defense. The Crusaders hung on though for the 1-0 victory.
Northwestern returns home to Lakeside Field on Sunday, hosting Dartmouth at 1 p.m. That match begins a stretch of three straight home games at Lakeside Field and is part of Alumni Weekend. All former players are invited back for Sunday’s match and there will be a special halftime recognition honoring those in attendance.
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