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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Jackie Alyinovich is a three-year starter on the Northwestern defense.
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    Jackie Alyinovich is a three-year starter on the Northwestern defense.
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    June 10, 2014

    2014 NU Women's Soccer Schedule

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Third-year head coach Michael Moynihan announced the 2014 Northwestern women’s soccer schedule today (June 10). The 19-game regular-season slate features nine home contests at Lakeside Field and the Wildcats boast a very strong group of opponents with 10 foes qualifying for the NCAA Tournament a year ago. With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference, NU’s schedule features a 13-game conference slate and six nonconference foes.

    “The addition of Maryland and Rutgers adds to our conference schedule and we are looking forward to the increased challenge,” Moynihan said. “These are two perennially strong teams that will add further depth and strength to the already strong Big Ten. Our preseason exhibition game vs. Notre Dame and nonconference schedule should prepare us well for the challenges we will face in the Big Ten.”

    Before the 19-game regular-season schedule gets underway, the Wildcats will host Notre Dame for an exhibition match on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Lakeside Field at 5 p.m. The 2014 season then officially begins on the road when Northwestern visits Milwaukee, Wis., for the Marquette Invitational. The Wildcats will meet Fairleigh Dickinson in the tournament opener on Friday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. and then face Marquette, an NCAA Tournament team in 2013, on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 4:30 p.m.

    The 2014 home opener at Lakeside Field takes place Wednesday, Aug. 27 when UIC visits Evanston at 7:30 p.m. Despite the close distance between the two Chicago-area schools, this will be the first meeting all-time between the Wildcats and Flames. NU sticks around Lakeside Field for the weekend, hosting Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.

    Northwestern then gets used to life on the road, playing four consecutive contests away from Lakeside Field, including the 2014 Big Ten opener. NU travels to the state of Missouri, taking on the Tigers in Columbia, Mo., (Sept. 5) and meets Saint Louis (Sept. 7) on its home turf to wrap up the nonconference slate.

    The conference schedule opens up with back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams as NU opens at Nebraska on Thursday, Sept. 11 and then visits Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 14. That also begins a tough stretch for the Wildcats with six 2013 NCAA Tournament foes in seven games.

    NU then returns home to the comforts of Lakeside Field, hosting Purdue on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. and Indiana (2013 NCAA Tournament team) on Sunday, Sept. 21 at noon. The match against the Hoosiers will be part of the team’s alumni weekend as this season, the team will celebrate 20 years of Northwestern women’s soccer (1994-2014). All former players are welcome back to Lakeside Field for a special recognition on Sunday, Sept. 21. More information on alumni weekend will be available in the coming days.

    Three more NCAA Tournament teams await the Wildcats as they visit Penn State on Friday, Sept. 26, travel to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 28 and return home to Lakeside Field to host in-state rival Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 5. NU then has a week off before Wisconsin makes a trip to Lakeside Field on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.

    NU has the opportunity to travel to Maryland and Rutgers (2013 NCAA Tournament team) for the first time as the Big Ten newcomers are both first-time opponents. The Wildcats are in College Park on Friday, Oct. 17 then move on to Piscataway on Sunday, Oct. 19.

    The 2014 regular season schedule then concludes with three straight home contests at Lakeside Field. Michigan, an NCAA quarterfinalist a year ago, returns to Evanston on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. while Michigan State is in town the same weekend on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. NU will recognize the senior class on Friday, Oct. 31 at Lakeside Field with the regular-season finale against Minnesota at 7 p.m.

    The 2014 Big Ten Tournament runs from Nov. 5-9 in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Northwestern returns 23 letterwinners from a year ago, including Katie Landgrebe, Addie Steiner and Georgia Waddle, who were three of the top goal-scorers in 2013. Additionally, Jackie Alyinovich, who played every minute of the 2013 season, returns to the NU defense for her senior season.

    Please note that all dates and times for the 2014 schedule are subject to change and be sure to stay tuned to NUsports.com for any updates. The 2014 Big Ten Network schedule also will be released at a later date.

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