Sept. 28, 2012
Site: Boilermaker Soccer Complex (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Score: Purdue 1, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (4-6-2, 0-4-0 B1G), Purdue (6-4-1, 1-2-0 B1G)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Sept. 30 - at Indiana - Noon CT - Bloomington, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Northwestern sophomore goalkeeper Anna Cassell had a busy night in net Friday against Purdue. She stopped five shots, but Taylor Niewoit sent one past Cassell with just over 10 minutes left in regulation to give Purdue the 1-0 victory.
"The goal they scored, I think we lost track of the runner through the midfield and she hit a fantastic shot," Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan said. "She cracked a good one from about 25-30 yards out, just hit a great shot right into the upper 90 off the post and there was not much Anna could do about that. Anna made one nice save earlier to deny them and keep the game even. I think both teams went at it very hard and put a lot into the game. It was fairly evenly-matched and I thought we worked really hard. We showed some moments within the game where we looked pretty good, moved the ball pretty well and had a nice rhythm and then at other times, I think we got a little careless. We need to be better at staying consistently organized throughout the match."
Northwestern had four shots in the first half, including a breakaway opportunity by junior Kate Allen
that was saved by Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler. Sophomore Sami Schrakamp
had two shots and junior Natalie Lagunas
had another look for NU in the first frame. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half as Purdue had six shots, three of which were saved by Cassell.
Five more chances came in the second half for Northwestern. Sophomore Niki Sebo's shot in the 61st minute from close range went just high over the crossbar and sophomore Kiltie Finsand had another good look off a corner kick that was saved by Kridler.
Cassell made her fifth save of the match in the 68th minute, stopping Makeala Nellams' look. The Boilermakers then scored the lone goal of the game at the 79:04 mark with Niewoit's shot.
Northwestern had two more opportunities with the clock winding down as Schrakamp's shot was blocked and senior Bri Westlund fired off one last look in the 90th minute that went wide right.
Purdue finished with the 13-9 advantage on shots and 4-3 edge on corner kicks. Cassell had two stops in the second frame to finish with five for the match while Kridler saved a shot in each half.
Northwestern continues its Big Ten road trip in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday, playing Indiana at noon CT.
"We need to rebound because we have another game on the road Sunday so hopefully we can regroup and just keep building on each performance," Moynihan said.
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