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    Wildcats Return Home, Host No. 12 Marquette Friday, Colorado Sunday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM After playing the first three games on the road, head coach Michael Moynihan and the Wildcats settle in for five straight at Lakeside Field.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    After playing the first three games on the road, head coach Michael Moynihan and the Wildcats settle in for five straight at Lakeside Field.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Aug. 29, 2012

    Northwestern (2-1-0) vs. No. 12 Marquette (2-0-0)
    Fri., Aug. 31 • 7 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
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    Northwestern (2-1-0) vs. Colorado (3-0-1)
    Sun., Sept. 2 • 1 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
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    The Weekend
    Northwestern faces two tough opponents at home this weekend, hosting Marquette at 7 p.m. Friday, who is ranked No. 12 in the country, and unbeaten Colorado at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    Home Again
    Beginning with this weekend, Northwestern will settle in at Lakeside Field for a five-match homestand, its longest of the season, beginning with this weekend. The Wildcats will play at Lakeside Field three straight weekends, hosting 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.

    Last Time Out
    NU went 1-1 last weekend in Ohio, defeating Miami (Ohio), 2-1 and falling to Dayton, 5-2.

    Against the Red Hawks, Northwestern overcame a first-half 1-0 deficit, scoring two goals in the final 45 minutes to win its second match of the year. Sophomore Georgia Waddle tallied the equalizer in the 56th minute off a header, her second goal of the season, with sophomore KK Barr and junior Natalie Lagunas assisting on the goal.

    Sophomore Niki Sebo then scored the game-winning goal, the first game-winner in her NU career, tapping in a shot in the 82nd minute (81:45). Waddle and junior Kate Allen were credited with helpers.

    NU made another comeback against Dayton, who is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10. Down 2-0 at halftime, the Wildcats scored two goals in less than 90 seconds to tie things up at 2-2 in the 64th minute. Allen tallied the first goal at 62:21 and shortly after, Sebo scored her second goal of the season at 63:45. The quick scoring continued as Dayton scored the game-winner at 65:01.

    NU head coach Michael Moynihan used a rotation of 20 different players Sunday vs. Dayton. Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bergman played in her first collegiate game, filling in for sophomore Anna Cassell who left during the first half with an injury. Fellow freshmen Natalie Cikos, Margo McGinty, Nandi Mehta, Jennifer Korn and sophomore newcomer Katie Gancedo all saw significant playing time on Sunday.

    Scouting Marquette
    Marquette is out to a 2-0 start, defeating St. Bonaventure, 4-0, and Milwaukee, 4-0 in its first two matches. The Golden Eagles were supposed to have four matches under their belts prior to Friday, but two of their games (vs. Florida State and at Saint Louis) have been cancelled due to lightning delays. Marquette posted an 18-4-0 record and 10-1-0 mark in BIG EAST action during the 2011 campaign, finishing the season ranked 11th by the NSCAA after a second-round exit in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles return nine starters, including the team's top scorers, Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan, who combined for 57 points on 22 goals and 13 assists in 2011.

    Scouting Colorado
    Colorado is a first-time opponent for the Wildcats. The Buffs are currently unbeaten (3-0-1) in the young 2012 campaign, and have allowed just one goal in four matches, a 2-1 win over Wright State. Forward Anne Stuller currently leads the Pac-12 in goals and points and is the reigning Offensive Player of the Week , scoring all four goals for Colorado during the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic. Stuller has scored six of CU's seven goals so far this season.

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