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    'Cats Create Chances in Second Half but fall 1-0 to Minnesota

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Sami Schrakamp had an NU-high four shots in Sunday's match against Minnesota.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Sami Schrakamp had an NU-high four shots in Sunday's match against Minnesota.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 16, 2011

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    Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
    Score: Minnesota 1, Northwestern 0
    Records: Northwestern (2-12-1, 1-6-1), Minnesota (6-8-2, 3-3-2)
    Next NU Event: Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m. – vs. Illinois (Lakeside Field)

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern played a tightly-contested match against Minnesota Sunday at Lakeside Field, but the ’Cats couldn’t overcome a second-half goal, falling 1-0 to the Gophers. Forwards Sami Schrakamp (Danville, Calif./ Monte Vista) and Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) combined to lead the Northwestern attack with seven shots, four of which were on target. Goalie Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) continued her streak of solid play with five saves, including a point-blank breakaway save.

    The first half was a defensive battle with only three shots by each team. The first 45 minutes ended without many chances, but the lone dangerous chance came from Schrakamp when a deflected pass put her through on a breakaway. Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill was quick off her line for the fingertip save.

    Both teams came out firing to start the second half. The Gophers shot total jumped from three to 11 in a matter of minutes as the pressure started to pick up. Freshman forward Taylor Uhl lead the team with six shots, three of which were on goal.

    Minnesota’s Allie Phillips scored the lone goal of the game at the 59:36 mark. A ball was played up to Uhl who laid it off out wide to midfielder Olivia Bagnall. Bagnall hit a cross that was picked up by Phillips who finished calmly past Cassell to put the Gophers ahead.


     

     

    Despite the goal, Northwestern continued to fire looks at the net and had 11 shots in the second half. The ’Cats had three-straight shots in a matter of seconds as looks by Caroline Dagley (San Rafael, Calif./The Branson School) and Niki Sebo (Downers Grove, Ill./North) were blocked and a shot by Nicole Jewell (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) went high. NU had two more back-to-back looks in the 81st minute as a shot by Schrakamp hit the post and Parkhill saved Allen’s attempt.

    Northwestern fought until the end though and Nicole Duller (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) had a good look at the net in the closing seconds but Parkhill stepped up for her fifth and final save of the match.

    Minnesota had the 15-14 advantage on shots and 6-5 lead in shots on goal. Schrakamp led Northwestern with four attempts while Allen had three.  The Wildcats once again fought through a number of opponent corner kicks as Minnesota had seven, compared to five corners for NU.

    Northwestern continues its three-match homestand and Big Ten play Thursday when Illinois heads north to Lakeside Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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