Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Score: Northwestern 2, Yale 0
Records: NU (4-2-1), Yale (2-3-0)
Next NU Event: Friday, Sept. 14 – vs. Nebraska – Lakeside Field – Big Ten Network
EVANSTON, Ill.– Northwestern had a strong start out of the gates with two first-half goals and held the 14-6 advantage on shots in its 2-0 win vs. Yale Sunday at Lakeside Field. Junior forward Kate Allen found the back of the net for the fourth time this season while sophomore midfielder/forward Sami Schrakamp scored her first career goal for the Wildcats.
NU is now unbeaten in its last three matches (2-0-1) and improves to 4-2-1 on the season heading into Big Ten action which begins Friday at home vs. Nebraska. Yale drops to 2-3-0.
“I thought it was a good performance,” Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan said. “I liked the way we played, I thought we moved the ball really well and we showed a little bit more composure. Like Friday, we scored a couple of nice goals and created some more good chances. I thought it was an exciting game to watch and it was well-played; Yale plays an attractive style as well and so I think it was just a fun game to watch and be apart of. I’m glad we were able to get another victory at home and hopefully it will build some momentum for us going into the conference season.”
Similar to Friday night vs. Northern Illinois, the Wildcats began the match playing into strong winds gusting in from the north. NU fought right through the wind with the 4-0 lead on shots before scoring its first goal. Allen netted her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a rebound of her own shot in the 27th minute.
The Wildcat bench contributed to the scoring load Sunday as Schrakamp tallied a goal shortly after entering the match. She subbed in for starter KK Barr at 28:53 and found the back of the net at 30:04. Allen dribbled down the middle of the field, faked a Yale defender in the process and then dished to Schrakamp who scored on a shot from about 14 yards out on the left side. Allen was credited with her third assist this season while Schrakamp became the fifth Wildcat goal-scorer so far this year with her first career goal.
Allen had a great look that could have put the Wildcats up 3-0 near the end of the first half (42:22). Sophomore forward Katie Landgrebe sent a long pass to Allen who was one-on-one with a Yale defender. Allen fell, got back up and still managed to get off a shot that was saved by Yale goalkeeper Elise Wilcox.
NU went into halftime with the 9-3 advantage on shots and freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bergman saved one. Her save was a key one as Yale had a free kick opportunity on the right side from about 20-yards out that Bergman punched out, keeping the Bulldogs off the board.
Yale switched goalkeepers in the second half as Rachel Ames subbed in for Wilcox and both teams were unable to score in the final 45 minutes. NU had the 5-3 advantage on shots in the frame and each keeper had one save.
Northwestern dominated in chances with the 14-6 advantage as Allen led with five shots. Schrakamp had four shots while Barr and sophomore midfielder Niki Sebo had two looks each.
With two saves, Bergman recorded her second win and second shutout of the season in net for Northwestern.
“It’s nice to get another shutout and I don’t think they really had many chances,” Moynihan said. “The one dangerous chance they had I thought Rachel (Bergman) handled very well. It was a difficult ball with the wind and she handled it well.”
Sunday’s match was the final nonconference home game for the Wildcats as Big Ten play begins at Lakeside Field, Friday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. vs. Nebraska. NU has one final nonconference game on the road, Sunday, Sept. 16 vs. Oakland.
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