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    Late PK Gives Iowa 1-0 Edge Over NU

    Sept. 29, 2013

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    Iowa Iowa 1, Northwestern 0
    Lakeside Field • Evanston, Ill.

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern played another close match against the Iowa Hawkeyes Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field, but an Iowa goal off a penalty kick late in the second half gave the visitors the narrow 1-0 victory. Northwestern once again held the advantage on shots (19-11) and shots in goal (9-5) in the match but Iowa's penalty kick at the 85:05 mark was the difference.

    Sunday's match was a physical one with 43 combined fouls called in the match. Northwestern was whistled for a foul twice inside the box, giving the Hawkeyes two penalty kick opportunities, one in each half.

    Northwestern had numerous close calls and scoring opportunities throughout the game. The 'Cats started off the game with two corner kicks in under two minutes of play. In the first half, Kate Allen had a great shot that was saved by Iowa goalkeeper Hannah Clark, which created a rebound opportunity for Addie Steiner, which was then blocked by an Iowa defender.

    Iowa had its first penalty kick at the 15:27 mark but NU freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher stepped up to save Alex Melin's shot. Both teams finished with the 7-7 tie on shots in the first frame as Hascher made three saves and Clark had two stops.

    In the second half, Allen and Sami Schrakamp came out firing as each had good looks in the early portion of the frame. Schrakamp opened the half with a shot that was saved off the line by an Iowa defender and had another that Clark saved. Shortly after, Allen fired off a shot that almost went through Clark's legs and another that soared just high over the crossbar.

    Northwestern dominated the stat sheet in the second half with 12 shots compared to just four for Iowa. With the clock winding down under five minutes to play, Northwestern was whistled for a foul in the box, setting up the second Iowa penalty kick of the match.

    This time, Ashley Catrell took the shot and slipped one past Hascher to give Iowa the 1-0 lead with less than five minutes remaining and ultimately take the victory.

    Hascher finished Sunday's match with four saves while Clark posted eight saves, including six in the second half. Allen and Schrakamp combined for 11 of NU's 19 shots as Allen had a match-high seven looks while Schrakamp contributed four, including three shots on goal, off the bench.

    The Wildcats continue Big Ten play next Friday, Oct. 4 and travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT. That same weekend, Northwestern makes its television debut for the 2013 season and faces Purdue Sunday, in a match that will air live on the Big Ten Network at 3:30 p.m. CT.

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