Oct. 26, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Sophomore goalkeeper Carolyn Edwards made six saves -- including several spectacular stops -- but No. 25 Minnesota used two second-half goals to defeat the Wildcats through cold and blustery conditions Sunday, 2-0. With a Big Ten Tournament berth still in their sights, the Wildcats close the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday against Wisconsin in Madison.
With the loss, Northwestern falls to 9-8-1, 4-5 in Big Ten play. With the win, No. 25 Minnesota improves to 17-2, 7-2 in the Big Ten.
Conditions were fierce for soccer in St. Paul as a strong wind blew from several directions and flurries filled the sky. Cold temperatures forced many of the Wildcats to break out their long sleeves and gloves.
The first half was filled with close calls for the Wildcats as Minnesota took eight corner kicks and kept the ball in the NU half of the field. Edwards was very active in the first frame, making three saves and several sliding stops.
Minnesota had a scoring chance when a ball squirted free a few feet from Edwards, but the Gopher attacker missed her kick. NU managed to keep Minnesota off the scoreboard later in the half when a ball trickled wide of an unoccupied Wildcat net.
Minnesota took six shots, eight corners and forced three Edwards saves, but the most important category -- the scoreboard -- remained 0-0 entering the break.
Northwestern took advantage of the wind in the second half and picked up the offensive pressure. The 'Cats took some chances at the Gopher net, but shots by Alicia Herczeg, Sam Greene and Jeanette Lorme all sailed wide.
Minnesota broke the deadlock at 67:29 when the Gophers took advantage of a breakaway and one-on-one with Edwards and gained a 1-0 lead.
The Gophers tacked another goal on at 76:31 to take a 2-0 lead and despite shots on goal by Emily Langston and Herczeg, the 'Cats could not get on the scoreboard and Minnesota escaped with the 2-0 win.
Edwards played a spectacular game in goal, coming up with six saves including several highlight reel stops and sliding denials in the box.
Minnesota fired off 14 shots to eight for the Wildcats. Greene paced NU with three shots while Herczeg and Lorme each had two.
Northwestern closes the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at Wisconsin.