Sept. 27, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern played a tight match against Nebraska Friday night at Lakeside Field and despite the 24-10 Wildcats' advantage on shots in the match, the Cornhuskers came out the 2-1 victors. Nebraska struck twice in the first half and Northwestern came back, with senior Kate Allen scoring off a penalty kick in the second half and kept the pressure on until the final seconds.
Northwestern had a number of quality scoring chances throughout the match, including one that hit the post in the first frame and another that hit the crossbar in the second half. Both teams were at an even 6-6 on shots in the first frame but Nebraska was able to capitalize on two of those with Caroline Gray scoring off a corner kick in the 21st minute and Jordan Jackson tallying another in the 38th minute.
The Wildcats turned it up in the second half, outshooting the Cornhuskers 18-4. Sophomore Margo McGinty had seven shots in the match, including a number of good looks in the second frame. In the 58th minute, McGinty caught the Nebraska keeper off of her line and took advantage with a quality look that was saved by a Nebraska defender.
Shortly after, the Wildcats got on the board with Allen's team-leading third goal of the season. Nebraska fouled Addie Steiner inside the box, setting up the penalty kick opportunity for the Wildcats. Allen took the kick, sending a low shot past Emma Stevens on her right side, cutting the deficit to one at the 58:39 mark.
Nebraska had a few opportunities shortly after, both of which were saved by Northwestern freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher.
McGinty kept applying pressure on the Nebraska defense in the ensuing minutes with a shot that went high, two that went wide, while Sami Schrakamp's look in the 69th minute hit the crossbar.
Northwestern had a favorable free kick spot in the 89th minute as Allen took her team-leading eighth shot of the match, but Stevens stepped up for the save.
Allen and McGinty combined for 15 of Northwestern's 24 shots, including seven of the eight shots on goal. Hascher finished the night with three saves while Stevens had six saves. NU won the corner kick battle, 3-1.
The Wildcats continue their Big Ten season at home on Sunday, hosting Nebraska at 1 p.m. at Lakeside Field.
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