Oct. 20, 2011
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Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Score: Illinois 3, Northwestern 0
Records: Northwestern (2-13-1 overall, 1-7-1 Big Ten), Illinois (12-4-1 overall, 6-2-1 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, October 23, 1 p.m. - at Iowa (Iowa City)
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern wrapped up its three-match homestand at Lakeside Field Thursday night and dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 25 Illinois. The Wildcats played quality defense against the Illinois attack as sophomore goalie Sam Hatfield (Crossfield, Alberta/W.G. Murdoch) saved a career-best six shots, but the Illini scored on a first-half goal and had two scores in the second half.
Northwestern had the 2-0 lead on shots early in the game as Sami Schrakamp (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) and Caroline Dagley (San Rafael, Calif./The Branson School) each had looks that were saved by Illini goalie Steph Panozzo.
Illinois maintained possession for a number of minutes in the first half but the Wildcat defense did its best to contain the Illini attack and keep them away from the goal. Illinois didn't take its first shot until the 26:06 mark and but it resulted in a goal to go up 1-0. Marissa Mykines dribbled across the middle and hit a shot into the top corner from 25 yards out.
Both teams finished with the 2-2 tie on shots in the first half but the Illini outshot Northwestern 8-4 in the second for the 10-6 lead in the match.
Illinois then scored two second-half goals to seal the deal. Vanessa DiBernardo scored her 14th goal of the season as she took an assist from Julie Ewing and fired in a shot from about 10 yards out at the 65:39 mark. Shayla Mutz scored the final goal of the game in the 73rd minute as she took a cross from Niki Read and put it past Hatfield into the bottom corner.
Schrakamp, Dagley and Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) each finished with two shots in the match while Read lead all players with three looks. Both of Schrakamp's shots were on goal. Illinois goalie Steph Panozzo played 84:07 before Lizzi Sanscrainte entered the match and Panozzo saved three NU shots.
Northwestern defended six Illinois corner kicks, including three within the first 11 minutes, and took two.
Northwestern plays its final regular season road match Sunday when it travels to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. The Wildcats then wrap-up the regular season Saturday, Oct. 29 against Michigan State before hosting the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 2-6 at Lakeside Field.
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