Oct. 14, 2011
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Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Score: Northwestern 1, Wisconsin 1
Records: Northwestern (2-11-1, 1-5-1), Wisconsin (8-4-3, 3-1-3)
Next NU Event: Sunday, October 16, 1 p.m. – vs. Minnesota (Lakeside Field)
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern combined a stellar performance in net from goalie Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) and a late equalizer from Niki Sebo (Downers Grove, Ill./North) to tie Wisconsin 1-1 in double-overtime Friday night at Lakeside Field. Wisconsin lead the shots category at 20-11 but the ’Cats were able to withstand the attack and came away with a valuable point in Big Ten play.
“I loved the way we played and I loved our character tonight,” Northwestern head coach Stephanie Foster said. “I thought we played one of our best soccer games as far as possession and the way we moved the ball. We didn’t have a lot of dangerous chances but we did some fantastic defending. I think in the last two games we’ve defended 16 corners and not given up a goal, which is impressive.”
Both teams failed to find the back of the net until late in regulation as Wisconsin struck first at the 72:54 mark. NU’s Alison Schneeman (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Durham Hall) was whistled for a foul, setting up a free kick for Lindsey Johnson who sent it in to Joana Bielfeld as she headed the ball in from about six yards out to give the Badgers the 1-0 lead.
“They’re a hard team when they get the ball in the box," Foster said. "You’ve got to be on your game because the one second we weren’t, it was a great finish by them. I think we were defending a lot of dangerous chances very well.”
Not ready to give up, the Wildcats scored the equalizer to force extra time. Northwestern’s goal came at the 86:07 mark as Jill Dunn (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) took a corner that was deflected back to her off a header. She settled the ball and crossed again, this time finding the head of Sebo who headed it home from five yards out.
The overtime periods were controlled by Wisconsin as they had eight shots (five in the first 10 minutes) throughout the two periods. Cassell kept the game tied with two great saves; one headed for the upper corner and the other a low drive to her left.
Cassell finished with eight saves in the match while Wisconsin goalie Michele Dalton deflected six shots. Northwestern also battled through eight corner kick opportunities by the Badgers and had five of their own, including four in the second half.
Sebo finished with an NU-high three shots, including two on goal. Wisconsin’s Laurie Nosbusch fired off seven shots, three at the net, while two other Badgers had three shots each in the match.
Northwestern continues its three-match homestand Sunday when Minnesota comes to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Lakeside Field.
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