Sept. 21, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill -- Goals truly did come in bunches for Northwestern Friday afternoon at the Lakeside Field as the Wildcats put three on the board to down the St. Francis Red Flashes, 3-0. Senior Kelsey Hans (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville) scored her fourth goal of the season to become NU's all-time career leader in points with 76. Jenny Dunn (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Louisville) and Shannon Schneeman (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) notched NU's other tallies.
With the win, Northwestern improves to 5-1-2 and runs its unbeaten streak to six games. St. Francis falls to 3-4-0. Senior Lauren Johnston (Denver, Colo./Denver East) picked up her third shutout of the season.
NU controlled play for most of the match and the ball seldom found itself near the Wildcat goal. The 'Cats played with the wind for the first half and used it to their advantage, racking up 10 first-half shots. The Wildcat defense helped the cause, pressing the entire half to aid in the attack. Sophomore Katherine Sampson (San Francisco, Calif./Drew School) used her head almost more than her feet to keep the ball on the opposing side.
Dunn put the 'Cats on the board in the 15th minute with a shot into the lower left corner of the Red Flash net. Hans' headed the ball to the foot of Dunn, who put it away for her first goal of the year. The play was set up by a long Johnston punt from the Wildcat goal box.
Schneeman continued her hot start to 2007 when she scored her fifth goal of the year at 21:09. The fifth-year senior did it all on her own as she put on several swift moves to deke defenders. After she had passed through the back line, she found the back of the net for her team-leading fifth goal.
After NU went into the half with a 2-0 lead, the teams switched sides, but having the wind in their faces did not bother the Wildcats in the second frame. Hans, who had several opportunities to score in the first half but could not convert, finally broke through with her fourth goal of the year at 53:23.
Hans and Dunn used the give-and-go to give the Wildcats a healthy 3-0 lead. Hans set up the play with a cross to the foot of Dunn, who looked like she was going for her second score of the game, but the junior slid the ball back to Hans who put it past a helpless keeper for her 76th career point.
Hans now stands alone on top of both NU's all-time career goals and points lists. She passed head coach Stephanie Erickson to achieve both records.
With close to 13 minutes to go, Erickson took out Johnston and gave Carolyn Edwards (Lincolnshire, Ill./Stevenson) her second appearance of the year. Edwards made NU's only save of the game. Several other Wildcats got playing time as NU ran out the clock to take the 3-0 win.
"I was pleased we got to explore some of our depth off the bench," Erickson said. "We got the win and we're looking to close out our non-conference season on the right note against Wright State on Sunday."
NU took 10 corner kicks and out shot the Red Flashes, 14-2. Freshman Sam Greene (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) led the Wildcats in shots with three.
The Wildcats return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday against Wright State. NU opens the Big Ten schedule with road contests at Indiana and Purdue next weekend.