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    Northwestern Comeback Falls Short at Indiana

    Oct. 4, 2013

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    Indiana Indiana 2, Northwestern 1 (2OT)
    Bill Armstrong Stadium • Bloomington, Ind.

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A late goal in the second half helped Northwestern force its fifth overtime game of the season Friday night in Bloomington but the Hoosiers knocked in the game-winning goal in the second OT to take the 2-1 victory. Senior Julie Sierks scored her second goal of the season, third of her career, in the 77th minute to help force OT, but a rebound opportunity by the Hoosiers at the 107:19 mark resulted in a goal for the home team.

    Sierks had three shots in the game, including two in the first half before scoring her goal in the second. She had back-to-back looks, one that was saved by IU goalkeeper Shannon Flower and another header that went wide right.

    Indiana then re-gained possession and scored in the 36th minute as Lisa Nouanesengsy scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

    In the second half, Northwestern was not credited with a shot until the 73rd minute when Kate Allen's shot went wide right. Shortly after, Sierks was responsible for the second look of the half and converted to even things up at 1-1. Bo Podkopacz sent a long cross in to Sierks who headed it in from about eight yards out to put NU on the board in the 77th minute.

    Northwestern kept the pressure on and had a number of opportunities shortly after the goal. Nicole Jewell had a shot in the 82nd minute that went wide right, while Addie Steiner had two looks, one of which was saved by an Indiana defender and another that hit the post. Despite the close calls, the Wildcats and Hoosiers went on to overtime.

    In the first OT, Steiner had a shot that was saved by Flower while the Hoosiers had three shots, two of which were blocked and another that was saved by Hascher. Neither team scored, forcing a second overtime, which also marked NU's fifth double-overtime game of the year.

    Steiner once again had another shot in the second overtime, which went wide left. With less than three minutes remaining, Indiana scored the game-winner as Rebecca Chandler put in a rebound shot from about two yards out. IU's Abby Smith had the initial shot, which hit the crossbar, and Chandler was there for the rebound to end the game.

    Indiana took the 22-12 advantage on shots and 10-5 edge in shots on goal. IU also had the 8-4 clip on corner kicks. Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher had eight saves in net for NU, including five in the second half.

    Northwestern continues its weekend road trip on Sunday, traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., to face Purdue. Sunday's match will air live on the Big Ten Network with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CT.


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