Oct. 21, 2005
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EVANSTON, Ill.-- Luck was finally on the Wildcats side today as Tabitha Lowey's (Sr., Peachtree City, Ga./Mcintosh) goal in the 103rd minute gave the Northwestern women's soccer team a dramatic 2-1 victory in double-overtime over the Ohio State Buckeyes this afternoon at the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex in Evanston.
The win keeps the Wildcats currently a half game back of Indiana who hosts Illinois tonight at 7 p.m. Northwestern improves to 9-7-1 and 2-6-1 in the Big Ten. Ohio State falls to 6-8-2 and 3-6-0.
The goal by Lowey made up for a missed opportunity late in the first overtime when she broke out in front in similar fashion but was denied by OSU goalkeeper Staci Sinkway with 30 seconds left in the extra session.
But Lowey and the Wildcats would get another chance in the second overtime and this time put the game away when Kelsey Hans (So., Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville) fed Lowey out in front of the pack who then quickly fired the ball from left to right over the outstretched arms of Sinkway for the win.
The goal was Lowey's sixth of the season and her first since the Penn State game Sept. 30.
"I was just thinking that I had to shoot it early because (Sinkway) was off of her line," Lowey said. "I was hoping my body would cooperate because I really wanted to finish it. It's definitely going down in my book of most amazing game experiences. Our team deserved that so much and I'm so glad we were able to pull it out. It was one of the best feelings. Everyone deserved that goal."
Freshman Jenny Dunn's (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Louisville) goal in the 13th minute gave the 'Cats an early 1-0 lead. On the play, Shannon Cusick (Fr., Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior) served up a nice entry pass to Dunn from Katie Wright (Jr., Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), giving Dunn a clear shot at the goal. Both Wright and Cusick were credited with an assist. Dunn's goal also gives her six on the season, tying her with Hans and Lowey.
Ohio State then tied the game late in the first half when Carleta Arbulu's corner kick sailed through a crowd of players in front of the goal and slipped just inside the post to tie the score.
But the Wildcat defense held true this afternoon and kept the OSU shot attempts to a minimum. The 'Cats outshot the Buckeyes, 21-12.
"I think we did a really good job of possessing the ball and attacking," Haigh said. "Tabitha, Kelsey and Jenny Dunn all had great games for us out wide. I think we had great defensive pressure in the midfield all game. Kelly Sitkowski (So., Elk Grove Village, Ill./Conant) really stepped it up as the game went on and defending (OSU's Danielle Dietrich). That allowed us to win a lot of the loose balls and be able to attack.
"I'm proud of our team. We've played some good soccer and have struggled getting the result and sometimes teams fold when you don't get results. They have stayed focused and battled and it's starting to pay off. Tabitha has been doing a lot of extra shooting and I was really proud of her for finishing that goal."
Whitney Jones (Jr., Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) enjoyed another solid day in goal for the Wildcats, recording five saves. Sinkway had six saves for Ohio State.
NU returns to action this Sunday at home when they host Loyola-Chicago at 1 p.m. before finishing off the regular season at home vs. Wisconsin at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.