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    Wildcats Lose Heartbreaker To Indiana, 4-3

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kelsey Hans scored two goals Friday night.
    Kelsey Hans scored two goals Friday night.

    Sept. 28, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Despite coming back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead over Indiana Friday night in Bloomington, the Wildcats fell to the Hoosiers in their Big Ten opener, 4-3.

    With the loss, Northwestern falls to 5-3-2, 0-1 in the Big Ten. Indiana improves to 7-1-1, 1-0 in conference.

    Indiana got on the board first when Kristin Arnold scored her first of three goals on the night at the 10:08 mark of the first half. The Hoosiers took a 2-0 lead several minutes later when Lindsay McCarthy scored on a header in the 16th minute.

    NU kept Indiana off the scoreboard for the rest of the half and went into halftime trailing 2-0.

    The 'Cats came out of the half firing with Jenny Dunn (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Louisville) notching two quick shots and forcing one save. Just over 10 minutes into the second half, Dunn launched a cross that was headed into the net by senior Kelsey Hans (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville) for her fifth goal of the season. For the moment, Hans tied senior Shannon Schneeman (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) for the team lead in goals with five.

    However, Schneeman would take over the lead with her sixth goal of the season at 69:10 to tie the score at 2-2. Junior Laura Janowitsch (Grafton, Wis./Grafton) assisted on the score.

    NU took a 3-2 lead less than three minutes later when Hans notched her second goal of the game and sixth of the season at 72:00. Hans got a breakaway and did not miss.

    Indiana fought back on their home field, knotting the game a 3-3 less than a minute after the 'Cats took their first lead. It was Arnold with her second goal of the game.

    Schneeman hit the crossbar in the 75th minute and had a shot saved in the 83rd, but Indiana would get the critical goal at 85:51 when Arnold scored her third of the game for the hat trick. The Wildcats had their apparent game-winner denied by an offsides call moments earlier.



    "We played some of our best soccer I've seen us play all year," head coach Stephanie Erickson said. "I am happy with how we responded, but we will need to put 90 minutes of that together when we take on Purdue on Sunday."

    The Wildcats return to action at noon Sunday against 11th-ranked Purdue.