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    NU Visits Ohio for Weekend Matches vs. Miami (OH), Dayton

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Katie Landgrebe is one of two Wildcats on the 2012 roster from Ohio.
    Sophomore Katie Landgrebe is one of two Wildcats on the 2012 roster from Ohio.

    Aug. 22, 2012

    Northwestern (1-0-0) vs.
    Miami (Ohio) (2-0-0)

    Fri., Aug. 24 • 4 p.m. CT
    Miami Soccer Field
    Oxford, Ohio
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    Northwestern (1-0-0) vs.
    Dayton (1-1-0)

    Sun., Aug. 26 • 12 p.m. CT
    Baujan Field
    Dayton, Ohio
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    The Weekend
    After opening the 2012 season away from Lakeside Field, Northwestern is back on the road this weekend, traveling to Ohio for two matches. The Wildcats take on Miami (Ohio) at 4 p.m. CT Friday and then visit Dayton Sunday at noon CT.

    This weekend is a bit of a homecoming for junior forward Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and sophomore forward Katie Landgrebe (Madeira, Ohio/Madeira), who are both from Ohio. Landgrebe’s hometown of Madeira, which is a northeast suburb of Cincinnati, is 40 miles from Oxford and 49 miles from Dayton. Allen’s hometown of Whitehouse, on the other hand, is closer to Toledo and more than 140 miles away from this weekend’s competition.

    Last Time Out
    Northwestern opened the 2012 season on the road last Sunday at Kansas. It took less than five minutes for NU to get on the board as Kate Allen, who was the team’s leading goal-scorer the last two seasons, tallied the first goal of the season at the 4:54 mark.

    The Wildcats held off the Jayhawks the remainder of the half but Kansas scored the equalizer early in the second. NU defended 12 Jayhawk shots in the second half and five corner kicks, including two in the final 30 seconds, sending the game to overtime.

    In extra time, sophomore Georgia Waddle (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) scored the golden goal off a rebound shot that was first taken by senior Bri Westlund (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park), ending the game, 2-1, in favor of the Wildcats at 94:25.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) had a busy game, saving five shots, which all came in the first half. Kansas had the 20-11 advantage on shots in the game yet in overtime, the Wildcats fired off three shots, including the game-winner, while the Jayhawks did not get a look.

    Scouting the Red Hawks
    Miami is out to a 2-0 start, defeating Xavier 3-0 in its season opener on Aug. 17 and also shutting out IUPUI, 5-0, last Sunday. Senior midfielder Jess Kodiak is this week’s MAC Player of the Week after totaling three goals, including two against IUPUI, and two assists on the weekend. The Red Hawks were picked to finish second in the MAC East. Last year, Miami posted a 9-8-1 and 4-6-1 mark in conference action. All-MAC performers, Kodiak, Katy Dolesh and Kayla Zakrzewski are three of the 13 letterwinners returning for 2012.

    Scouting the Flyers
    Dayton is the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 and returns eight starters from last year’s squad that went 19-4-0 overall and 7-2-0 in the conference en route to its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. Dayton went 1-1 in its opening weekend, falling 3-2 in overtime to Texas last Friday and defeating UTSA 5-1 Sunday. The Flyers are currently receiving votes in the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s Ranking and before facing the Wildcats on Sunday, Dayton will host No. 19 Boston University at Baujan Field on Friday.  Junior Juliana Libertin is this week’s Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week after netting three goals and two assists last weekend.

    Extended Openers
    Sunday’s overtime match vs. Kansas marked the fourth straight year, and fifth time in the last six years, Northwestern played to extra time in its season-opener. Here’s a look at the overtime openers in the last six years (Northwestern defeated Nebraska 4-3 in regulation during the 2008 opener):

    8/19/2012 at Kansas W 2-1 (OT)
    8/21/2011 Marquette L 1-0 (2OT)
    8/22/2010 DePaul W 2-1 (OT)
    8/21/2009 Milwaukee T 0-0 (2OT)
    8/31/2007 at Drake W 1-0 (OT)

    Home Again
    After this weekend’s road trip, Northwestern will settle in at home for a five-match homestand, its longest of the season, beginning with the home opener Friday, Aug. 31 vs. No. 13 Marquette at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will play at Lakeside Field three straight weekends, hosting Colorado (Sunday, Sept. 2), Northern Illinois (Friday, Sept. 7), Yale (Sunday, Sept. 9) and Nebraska (Friday, Sept. 14) before hitting the road again on Sept. 16.

    After the five game homestand, Northwestern plays just four more matches at Lakeside Field the rest of the season.


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