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    Wildcats' Season Ends at 2011 Big Ten Tournament

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Anna Cassell made three saves for the Wildcats Wednesday against Penn State.
    Anna Cassell made three saves for the Wildcats Wednesday against Penn State.

    Nov. 2, 2011

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    2011 Big Ten Tournament

    Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
    Score: Penn State 3, Northwestern 0
    Records:Northwestern (2-16-1), Penn State (17-3-0)

    EVANSTON, Ill. --Northwestern put up a good fight in their 2011 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal match against No. 1 seed Penn State but the Wildcats' season came to an end Wednesday with the Nittany Lions securing the 3-0 victory.

    "I am happy with the way we competed today,” Northwestern head coach Stephanie Foster said. “I think Penn State’s great and I think we had a good game plan. We made a couple of mistakes but we switched at halftime and we went for it and we can say we put stuff out there.”

    Sophomore Kate Allen (Whitehouse,Ohio/ Anthony Wayne) led the 'Cats with two shots and one on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah/ Skyline) had a busy day, fighting through 14 Penn State shots and snaring three great saves for the 'Cats.

    Northwestern came out aggressive, with Allen taking one of her shots within the first 30 seconds, which was saved by Penn State goalie Erin McNulty.

    The first half saw Penn State freshman Kori Chapic tally the first goal and assist on the second as the Nittany Lions scored twice within four minutes. The nation's leading goal scorer, Maya Hayes, added to her total with her 26th of the season.



    The second half started well for Northwestern as the Wildcats quickly had two shots, one of which was saved by McNulty. Penn State added a third goal in the 63rd minute off a penalty kick by Christine Nairn. Cassell came up with a huge save in the build up play, but a handball resulted in the Nittany Lions penalty kick, which was converted by Nairn.

    "I thought she (Cassell) did well," Foster said. "She stepped up and was very close to getting that PK and she made some key saves, came out and smothered some things in behind our defense and she did well. She’s going to be a very good goalkeeper for us."

    Northwestern is the host of this year's eight-team tournament that continues Friday at Lakeside Field with two semifinal games and the championship match at 3 p.m. Sunday. All three of the remaining matches will be televised live on Big Ten Network.


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