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    Solid Defense Gives 'Cats 1-0 Win in Ann Arbor

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sam Hatfield and Anna Cassell (pictured) combined to save five shots against Michigan.
    Sam Hatfield and Anna Cassell (pictured) combined to save five shots against Michigan.

    Oct. 8, 2011

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    Site: U-M Soccer Field (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
    Score: Northwestern 1, Michigan 0
    Records: Northwestern (2-11-0, 1-5-0 Big Ten), Michigan (8-4-2, 3-2-1)
    Next NU Event: Friday, October 14, 7 p.m. - vs. Wisconsin (Lakeside Field)

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Northwestern used a combination of solid defense and a crafty throw-in to defeat Michigan 1-0 Saturday night in Ann Arbor. Michigan fired off 18 shots while NU goalies Sam Hatfield (Crossfield, Alberta/W.G. Murdoch) and Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) combined to save five shots and Northwestern scored on an own goal for the 1-0 victory.

    "I'm so proud of our team tonight," Northwestern head coach Stephanie Foster said. "We played some good soccer but we mostly had to defend hard against a Michigan team that threw everything at us. Anyone who has followed us this season knows we can get this kind of result. It's a huge win on the road any season, but it is crucial this season."

    Northwestern's goal came at the 58:03 mark when Nicole Jewell (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) had a throw-in attempt that went into the Wolverines' net backwards off a header by Michigan's Courtney Mercier.

    The Wildcats fought off 18 shots by Michigan, including 12 in the second half, seven that came after Northwestern's goal, and 11 corner kicks for the Wolverines. Hatfield started in goal for Northwestern, saving two shots in 37:01 minutes of action. Cassell replaced Hatfield and defended the net well, saving three shots, including a big one at the 88:28 mark, and was credited with the win.



    Despite the 18-8 advantage in shots for Michigan, Northwestern fired off five attempts in the first half. Sami Schrakamp (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) and Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) each had two attempts. Michigan also had the 5-4 advantage in shots on goal as Michigan goalkeeper Hayle Kopmeyer saved three.

    Northwestern returns to Lakeside Field next weekend to host two games, beginning Friday, Oct. 14, when Wisconsin comes to town for a 7 p.m. match.


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