Oct. 14, 2012
Site: Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Score: Minnesota – 1, Northwestern – 0
Records: NU (4-10-2, 0-8-0 B1G), Minnesota (9-6-1, 4-3-1 B1G)
Next NU Event:Thursday, Oct. 18 at Illinois – 7 p.m. – Champaign, Ill.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Northwestern battled with one of the top offenses in the Big Ten Sunday in Minneapolis and kept the Gophers well below their season averages but the Big Ten’s leading goal-scorer, Minnesota's Taylor Uhl, broke through in the 78th minute to edge the Wildcats, 1-0.
“I thought in many aspects we were in better control and I thought we did a very good job of shutting down what they do,” Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan said. “They’re a very good team in transition, they don’t do a whole lot of passing, they just basically try to win the ball and play in the gaps in transition and I thought we handled that really well. They won a turnover where we’re looking at a situation where it could have been a breakaway for us and it turns into a half-chance for them. Uhl is a very proficient finisher and she capitalized on the one opportunity we gave her.
“We just have to keep working. Minnesota is a team that has caused a lot of teams in the Big Ten trouble and put up a lot of goals and we really didn’t give up many chances. I’m proud of the defensive effort and very proud of the spirit that they showed trying to get the win. I thought it was there for us today and we just couldn’t quite cross the finish line.”
Minnesota came into Sunday’s match averaging 2.13 goals per game and 16.80 shots per game, both of which rank third in the Big Ten. NU limited the Gophers to just 10 shots in the match and the lone goal, Uhl's Big Ten-leading 16th of the season, at the 77:40 mark.
The Gophers had the 7-1 lead on shots in the first half, but NU took the 3-1 clip on corner kicks. Chances were more even in the second half with the Wildcats’ firing off four looks, including three on goal, compared to three for Minnesota and NU had the lone corner in the final frame.
Right after halftime, sophomore forward Katie Landgrebe had two strikes for Northwestern as her first look in the 50th minute was blocked and then Minnesota keeper Cat Parkhill saved her shot in the 54th minute.
Sophomore midfielder Niki Sebo’s shot in the 74th minute was saved by Parkhill and she also stopped NU’s final look of the match in the 88th minute as Minnesota hung on for the 1-0 win.
Sophomore Anna Cassell made the start in net for Northwestern and she finished with three saves to equal Parkhill’s three saves.
The week ahead for the Wildcats includes two Big Ten matches as they travel to Champaign, Ill., for a Thursday match vs. Illinois at 7 p.m. and then wrap up the 2012 regular-season homestand Sunday, Oct. 21 vs. Iowa. Sunday’s match at Lakeside Field is Senior Day and kicks off at 2:30 p.m.
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