Oct. 29, 2011
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Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Score: Michigan State 2, Northwestern 0
Records: Northwestern (2-15-1 overall, 1-9-1 Big Ten), Michigan State (14-5-0, 7-4-0)
Next NU Event: 2011 Big Ten Tournament, Nov. 2-6 – First game TBA
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern’s 2011 regular season came to an end Saturday night at Lakeside Field. The Wildcats fought through a strong Michigan State attack, but the Spartans were able to convert twice in the second half to come away with the 2-0 victory. Northwestern now turns its attention to playing in the postseason and hosting the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, which begins Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Lakeside Field.
“Our players are bought in and I think everybody’s happy to be here, be 0-0-0 and ready to go in the postseason,” Northwestern head coach Stephanie Foster said.
Michigan State controlled the ball for much of the first half, but Northwestern played solid defense against seven MSU shot attempts. The Wildcats were able to put up three shots of their own, including a good look by sophomore Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) that was saved by MSU goalie Jill Fliestra. Neither team converted in the first half and took a 0-0 tie into halftime.
MSU then found the back of the net less than five minutes into the second half. Laura Heyboer passed from inside the box to Mikki Dennis who put it in from about 12 yards out. Hannah Peterson then put the Spartans up 2-0 at the 60:34 mark. Heyboer and Kelsey Kassab both assisted on the goal.
Freshman Anna Cassell
(Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) returned to the net for Northwestern and saved six shots, including four in the first frame. Filestra had two saves for MSU as she also saved a shot by Julie Sierks
(Edina, Minn./Edina) in the first half. Michigan State finished with the 15-4 advantage on shots in the game.
Postseason play begins Wednesday for the ’Cats in the Big Ten Tournament. Northwestern hosts the eight-team tournament, which runs from Nov. 2-6 at Lakeside Field.
“We finally get to be the team that we started out as this season, which was a confident team, a team that believes that we are good,” Foster said regarding the team’s feelings heading into the Big Ten Tournament. “I just reminded them of the Marquette game and we know we walked away from that game feeling great and feeling like we’re going to have a good year. I think they’re just excited to have a new life and start over.”
A complete tournament schedule will be available on NUsports.com after the weekend.
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