Sept. 12, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After 110 minutes of action Thursday night at Lakeside Field Northwestern and Western Michigan settled on a 0-0 draw. It was a defensive battle throughout the match as NU freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher earned the second shutout of her career, and second in as many games, making a career-high seven saves.
Western Michigan held the edge over NU in shots on goal for the majority of the first half until the `Cats pulled even with eight minutes left in the first, putting together two solid attempts.
Georgia Waddle nearly scored on a header that hit the crossbar following a corner kick from senior captain Nicole Jewell. The `Cats struck again on the next play as Julie Sierks took a shot that WMU goalkeeper Michelle Watson saved and then dropped, allowing the ball to roll out of bounds and set up another corner kick.
Both teams ended the first with four shots as each keeper made two saves.
With the wind blowing at about 20 miles per hour from the north throughout the game, WMU had the wind at its back in the second half and used it to its advantage, firing off 13 shots, but the NU defense kept the Broncos off the board. Of Northwestern's three shots in the second half, junior Sami Schrakamp had two of the team's best looks.
With 32 minutes left in the half, Schrakamp took a bicycle kick and sent the ball soaring towards the goal where it went high and hit the crossbar.
Hascher's best save of the game came with 43 minutes left in the second half. Hascher dove left to block a shot by Broncos forward Aubrey Sudomier. That was one of her five saves in the half, which helped the Wildcats force extra time.
Northwestern had the wind at its back to start the first overtime and had two looks. Kate Allen's look was saved by Watson and Schrakamp had another that went wide.
Despite playing into the wind in the second OT, Northwestern had four shots and was aggressive until the very end with a number of chances. Addie Steiner crossed a ball to an open Allen right in front of the net but the cross went just wide. In the final minute, the `Cats appeared to have the game-winner when Jewell drilled a shot toward the goal from about 20 yards out. WMU goalkeeper Watson denied the `Cats their chance and pushed Jewell's ball up and over the net. Mary Erikson had another look that was saved off the line by a WMU defender and Jewell's final look of the match was blocked as the teams settled on a 0-0 draw.
Northwestern outshot Western Michigan 6-0 in the two overtime periods but the Broncos finished with the 17-13 edge on shots. WMU also finished with the slight 8-7 edge on corner kicks.
The Wildcats return to Lakeside Field Sunday and wrap up the nonconference portion of their schedule hosting Oakland. Match time is set for 1 p.m.
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