Aug. 16, 2012
Northwestern (0-0-0) at Kansas (0-0-0)
Sunday, Aug. 19 • 1 p.m. (CT)
Lawrence, Kan. • Jayhawk Soccer Complex
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Plan a Group Outing at a Northwestern Women's Soccer Home Game!
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern kicks off the 2012 regular season Sunday on the road when the Wildcats take on Kansas at 1 p.m. CT. Sunday’s game also marks the official beginning of the 2012 Northwestern athletics’ season as the women’s soccer team is the first fall sport to play a regular-season contest.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Michael Moynihan
, the 2012 Wildcats feature 20 returnees from last year’s roster and a group of eight newcomers looking to make an impact.
Here are a few notes to get you ready for Sunday’s season-opener.
Meet the Coaches
Moynihan comes to Northwestern after much proven success during his 19 seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A 15-year head coach for the Panthers, he led the program to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, 13 Horizon League titles and eight conference tournament titles.
Joining Moynihan on the NU sidelines are assistant coaches David Nikolic and Shannon Neely. Nikolic has coached alongside Moynihan nearly every step of the way, spending the previous 18 seasons at Milwaukee. Neely, a former goalkeeper at Ohio State, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Grand Valley State University where she helped guide the Lakers to two NCAA Division II National Championships.
The 19th season of Northwestern women’s soccer begins on the road Sunday and the Wildcats will grow accustomed to life away from Lakeside Field as they are the visiting team for the first three games. After this weekend, NU travels to Ohio to face Miami (Ohio) on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. CT in Oxford and then meets Dayton on the Flyers’ home pitch Aug. 26 at noon CT. The Wildcats host their home opener the following weekend vs. Marquette (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.), beginning a stretch of five-straight games at Lakeside Field. Northwestern plays another three-game road swing during Big Ten season, visiting Wisconsin (Oct. 12), Minnesota (Oct. 14) and Illinois (Oct. 18).
Kansas opens its season Friday, hosting UC Santa Barbara. The Jayhawks posted an 11-9-1 record in 2011, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time under head coach Mark Francis. Kansas returns 10 starters from last year’s squad and was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll.
B1G Players to Watch
The Big Ten released its list of Players to Watch for the 2012 season and three Wildcats made the cut. The list included NU’s leading goal-scorer the last two seasons, junior forward Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne), sophomore midfielder Niki Sebo (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) who logged significant minutes as a freshman in 2011 and freshman defender/midfielder Margo McGinty (Levittown, N.Y./St. Anthony’s).
Last Time Out
Northwestern played its lone exhibition match last weekend against cross-town rival DePaul. The Wildcats came back for the 1-1 tie in regulation, scoring the equalizer on a free kick opportunity with 11 seconds left in the game. The DePaul goalkeeper was whistled for stalling, giving Northwestern the ball back inside the 18-yard box with time winding down. Sophomore midfielder Georgia Waddle (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) tapped the ball over to freshman defender Jennifer Korn (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North), who sent the ball into the goal, putting the final score at 1-1.
Moynihan had the chance to use a number of different lineups in the exhibition as 24 Wildcats, including seven newcomers, saw playing time.
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