Oct. 27, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Wildcats played their final home match of the 2013 season Sunday afternoon, hosting Michigan at Lakeside Field. Senior goalkeeper Sam Hatfield came up with a career-high seven saves the match, but it was not enough to stop the 10th-ranked team in the country as Michigan came away with the 3-0 victory.
"We put ourselves in a position where we were in the game against the No. 10 team in the country for a long stretch, we just didn't have enough to pull out a result," Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan said. "Our players came off the field and said `That's a good team'. That's probably the best team we've faced all year so credit to Michigan."
Sunday's match was a special one as the program honored the seven Wildcat seniors playing their final match at Lakeside Field. This year's senior class includes Kate Allen, Maggie Graham, Sam Hatfield, Nicole Jewell, Natalie Lagunas, Bo Podkopacz and Julie Sierks. All seven have been key contributors to the Northwestern women's soccer program, on and off the field, over the last four years.
"This group continues to work hard," Moynihan added. "A lot of times teams kind of adopt the personality of the senior leadership. This group, they're happy, they like each other, they just keep working and it's fun ... If you look at over the course of this season, we outshot Nebraska, who's No. 1 in the Big Ten right now, we outshot Michigan State, Iowa, I mean you can go down the list, and we were right there with a lot of the top teams, so we're not that far off. To me, the first thing you want to build is the right culture and the right attitude and our seniors did a good job of setting us up for success down the road."
The Wildcat defense was heavily tested throughout Sunday's match. They put up a good fight with NU defenders blocking multiple shots early in the first half. Hatfield started off the match with a great tipping save that prevented the quick-striking Michigan offense to get on the board. Michigan did not score until the 41st minute in the first half off of a play set up by a free kick.
In the second half, the Wolverines' second goal came as a result of a penalty kick. Northwestern was whistled for a foul inside the box and Meghan Toohey took the kick to give Michigan the 2-0 lead. The Wildcats continued to play hard, but Michigan scored its third goal in the 85th minute.
The 'Cats were limited to five shots in the match, all of which were on target. Allen had four of the five shots, but could not connect for the score in her final game at Lakeside Field. The Wolverines finished with 22 shots, 10 on target.
Northwestern will play its final regular-season match of 2013 next Saturday Nov. 2 against Wisconsin. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. C.T. in Madison.
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