June 11, 2013
Printable 2013 NU Women's Soccer Schedule • 2013 Schedule
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern women’s soccer coach Michael Moynihan, returning for his second season, released the 2013 schedule today. The 19-game regular-season schedule features 10 home contests and seven matches against teams that made the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
“We have a young team that is maturing and we are all looking forward to the tests that lie ahead,” Moynihan said. “I think we have grown in a number of ways, but the proof will be in the competitions this coming fall. We face a number of programs with winning traditions, programs that are used to winning, used to success, and they have come to expect it. This is something we are hungry to establish for ourselves. We know the difference between ‘wanting’ and ‘expecting’ is massive, so we are working extremely hard.”
The Wildcats will host 10 regular-season home games against some strong contenders including the Big Ten’s Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan State and Michigan. The first chance NU fans will have to see the team during fall campaign starts with an exhibition match, Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Lakeside Field when the Wildcats welcome cross-town rival DePaul at 6:30 p.m.
NU stays at Lakeside Field to officially open the 2013 season against Western Illinois on Friday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. That weekend also includes NU’s first road contest as the Wildcats travel to South Bend, Ind., to meet Notre Dame on Sunday, Aug. 25. The Irish advanced to the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA tournament.
From then, the 'Cats take a road trip out to Boston to face Northeastern (Friday, Aug. 30) and Boston University (Sunday, Sept. 1) and wrap up the nonconference road schedule at Valparaiso on Friday, Sept. 6.
Northwestern returns home Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. against Dartmouth and that begins a stretch of three-straight games at Lakeside Field. Western Michigan (Thursday, Sept. 12) and another NCAA tournament team, Oakland (Sunday, Sept. 15), also visit Evanston to conclude the nonconference schedule.
“Boston University and Oakland are two more teams that always finish at the top of their respective conferences and have made a number of NCAA tournament appearances, so we will be well-prepared for the highlight of the season, which is always the Big Ten Conference schedule,” Moynihan said. “With national runner-up Penn State leading the way, the Big Ten is among the most challenging conferences in the country. This is where we need to show our growth. It is a wonderful opportunity and I think we are ready to build on the success we found at the end of last season.”
The Wildcats wrap up the month of September with three Big Ten games, beginning with the conference opener on the road against 2012 NCAA finalist, Penn State, on Friday, Sept. 20. NU then returns home to close out the month at Lakeside Field against Nebraska (Friday, Sept. 27) and Iowa (Sunday, Sept. 29).
Northwestern will take a trip to Bloomington (Friday, Oct. 4) for a match against Indiana followed by another away game at Purdue (Sunday, Oct. 6).
This year Northwestern hosts four games in October against Minnesota (Saturday, Oct. 12), Illinois (Thursday, Oct. 17), Michigan State (Friday, Oct. 25) and the regular-season home finale vs. Michigan (Sunday, October 27). In between, the Wildcats visit Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, Oct. 20, to match up against the 2012 Big Ten Tournament titleholders Ohio State.
The 2013 regular-season finale takes place at Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 2
Illinois plays host for this year’s Big Ten Tournament in Champaign, Ill., starting Wednesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 10. The top eight teams from the conference qualify for the Big Ten Tournament.
Northwestern returns 24 letterwinners from a year ago, including the team’s leading scorer the last three seasons, Kate Allen. Moynihan and his staff guided the 2012 Wildcats to a five-win improvement from the 2011 season during their first year at Northwestern.
Please note that all dates and times for the 2013 schedule are subject to change and be sure to stay tuned to NUsports.com for any updates. The 2013 Big Ten Network schedule also will be released at a later date.
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