Oct. 25, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern took on Michigan State Friday night at Lakeside Field. NU sophomore midfielder Margo McGinty scored her first career goal with the Wildcats, but the Spartans solidified the victory 2-1 with a goal late in the second half.
Junior Ali Herman made her first career start in net for the Wildcats. She started off with a big save on a one-on-one break from a Michigan State striker within the first five minutes of play.
McGinty's goal early in the first half was a beautiful shot outside the box into the upper-ninety as Michigan State goalkeeper Gabrielle Gauruder was unable to get her hand on the ball to make the save. Junior midfielder Georgia Waddle assisted on the goal that put the Wildcats on the board at the 14:13 mark.
The `Cats continued their dominance in the first half, with a furious in the Michigan State box and multiple looks by Addie Steiner, Kate Allen and Nicole Jewell. The `Cats led the first half in shots 13-5 and shots-on-goal 10-3. A battle with defenders for possession led to a goal by Kristen Evans for Michigan State at 32:17 and the score remained 1-1 going into halftime.
The `Cats once again brought a fierce game coming into the second half of play. On the night, Steiner had a team high eight shots, one shy of Michigan State's total of nine. Six of those shots were on goal, which was two more than the total for the Spartans. This included a breakaway shot in the second half that was barely saved by the Michigan State goalkeeper.
McGinty and Allen also ended the night each with a very respectable four shots, which included a shot by Allen off the crossbar and then a rebound by McGinty for a shot just high. Despite their efforts, the Wildcats could not connect with a goal in the second half. This was largely due to Spartan goalkeeper Gauruder who had 12 saves for the match.
In the 83rd minute Rachel Van Poppelen was able to pass Northwestern defenders for the Spartans' second goal of the night. This ended up being the game-winner as the Wildcats were unable to net an equalizer. Northwestern dominated the match with total shots 22-9 and shots on goal 14-9.
Herman made two saves in her first appearance in net for the Wildcats. MSU had the narrow 3-2 edge on corner kicks.
Northwestern returns to Lakeside Field on Sunday to host No. 10 Michigan State in the final home game of the 2013 season. The Wildcats welcome the Wolverines at 1 p.m., and be sure to arrive early as the Wildcats will pay tribute to the seven members of this year's senior class before the match.
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