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    'Cats Fall to Purdue, 2-1

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Alicia Herczeg scored her second goal of 2006 against Purdue.
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    Freshman Alicia Herczeg scored her second goal of 2006 against Purdue.
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    Oct. 13, 2006

    Box Score

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Despite taking an early lead on the road at Purdue, the Wildcats fell to the Boilermakers Friday, 2-1. Freshman Alicia Herczeg (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) netted the lone goal for the 'Cats in the 11th minute. Northwestern falls to 3-3-1 in the Big Ten, 7-7-1 overall. Purdue improves to 11-3-2 overall, 4-2 in conference.

    Herczeg gave Northwestern the lead at the 10:42 mark. Fellow freshman Zendzi Neal's (Washington, D.C./Washington International) shot from the top of the box deflected of the Purdue goaltender to a waiting Herczeg who buried the rebound for her second goal of the season. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Johnston (Denver, Colo./Denver East) made two stops in the first half to preserve the lead.

    The Wildcats held onto the lead until the last minute of the first half. Purdue's Jessica Okoroafo scored the equalizer 30 seconds before halftime to knot the score at 1-1.

    Purdue netted the eventual game-winner early in the second half on Parrissa Eyorokon's unassited goal in the 50th minute. The Boilermakers held off the 'Cats for the 2-1 victory.

    Sophomore Jenny Dunn (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Louisville) and junior Shannon Schneeman (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) registered shots on goal for the Wildcats. Purdue won the shot battle 12-11 and each team took two corners.

    The 'Cats continue their trip through Indiana Sunday at 11 a.m. when they take on the 16th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers.

    "We have a huge game on Sunday," head coach Stephanie Erickson said. "We need to take confidence in the fact we did not play our best game today and if we played the way we are capable of, we could have stuck with one of the best teams in the country."