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    Northwestern Celebrates 15th Anniversary of 1998 Squad

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Erica Westrich was the 1998 Big Ten Player of the Year.
    Erica Westrich was the 1998 Big Ten Player of the Year.

    Sep 3, 2013

    Northwestern (0-4-1) vs. Dartmouth (0-0-0) (Dartmouth opens season Friday at Purdue
     Date Sunday, Sept. 8 | 1 p.m. CT
     Location  Lakeside Field  | Evanston, Ill.
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The 1998 season was a special one for the Northwestern women’s soccer program. That season, the Wildcats posted a school record for victories, advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament and had two first-team All-Big Ten honorees, including Big Ten Player of the Year Erica Westrich.

    On Sunday, the Wildcats will recognize the 1998 squad, along with all former Wildcats, in honor of the team's Alumni Weekend at Lakeside Field. Northwestern hosts Dartmouth at 1 p.m. and during halftime the former Wildcats will be recognized on the field.

    There are a number of alumni, spanning all different eras of NU women's soccer, scheduled to be in attendance. That group includes: Colleen Antas, Brooke Bell, Sara Bodine, Cathleen Cooke, Caroline Dagley, Katie Doyle, Jill Dunn, Erin Ekeberg, Leslie Gittings, Kate Hertz, Sarah Joehl, Susie McCreery, Christie, Molitor, Anne Marie Napoli, Gina Napoli, Amanda Robinson, Kasha Roseta, Sarah Sroka, Shay Unterreiner, Bri Westlund, Erica Westrich and Katie Wright. (Members of the 1998 squad are noticed in italics.)

    Under the direction of then-head coach Marcia McDermott, the 1998 Wildcats’ recorded a 16-5-1 record, including a 6-3-0 mark in Big Ten play, and won two games in the NCAA tournament. The ’Cats played a tough match against Florida in the third round and the Gators took the close 1-0 victory en route to their NCAA title.

    In this video, McDermott, who is now the head coach at Army, reflects on the 1998 Northwestern season. Current NU head coach Michael Moynihan was at UW-Milwaukee during the 1998 season and coached against the Wildcats that year. He also speaks about his memories of the 1998 Northwestern team.

    Sunday's match is the beginning of a three-game homestand at Lakeside Field for Northwestern. NU also welcomes Western Michigan on Thursday, Sept. 12 and wraps up the nonconference portion of its schedule Sunday, Sept. 15 vs. Oakland. The 2013 Big Ten Conference season begins Friday, Sept. 20 at nationally-ranked Penn State.

    Know The Foe: Dartmouth
    2013 Record: 0-0-0 (Opens season Friday at Purdue)
    2012 Record: 13-4-0
    Notable: Last season, eight Dartmouth players were recognized with spots on the All-Ivy First or Second Teams. Seven of those individuals will be back in uniform this season, including Emma Brush, Corey Delaney, Chrissy Lozier and goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders all return after first-team showings. The second-teamers returning included Kim Rose, Marina Moschitto and Jackie Friedman. In addition, Delaney was the league’s unanimous Rookie of the Year, the first for Dartmouth in more than a decade.
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