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    Wildcats Continue Homestand Hosting NIU, Yale

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    Junior forward Kate Allen tallied her team-leading third goal of the season last weekend vs. Colorado.

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    Junior forward Kate Allen tallied her team-leading third goal of the season last weekend vs. Colorado.
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    Northwestern (2-2-1) vs. Northern Illinois (2-2-0)
    Friday, Sept. 7 • 7 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
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    Northwestern (2-2-1) vs. Yale (2-1-0)
    Sunday, Sept. 9 • Noon
    Lakeside Field
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    The Weekend
    Northwestern continues its five-game homestand at Lakeside Field this weekend, hosting in-state rival Northern Illinois Friday at 7 p.m. and Yale on Sunday at noon. Sunday’s match is NU’s final nonconference home game as the Wildcats will wrap up the out-of-conference schedule on the road at Oakland on Sept. 16. The Big Ten season begins prior to that as Nebraska comes to town Friday, Sept. 14, for the finale of the five-match homestand.

    Last Time Out
    The Wildcats played their first matches of the season at Lakeside Field last weekend, hosting two strong opponents in No. 12 Marquette and Colorado out of the Pac-12. NU suffered a 2-0 setback to the Golden Eagles and tied Colorado, 2-2.

    Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bergman made her first career start last Friday and started again against the Buffs on Sunday.

    Northwestern had an explosive first half against Colorado, scoring two goals within a few minutes of each other. Sophomore midfielder Georgia Waddle opened up the scoring for the ’Cats, tallying her third goal of the year off a header at the 13:21 mark. Shortly after, Colorado fouled Northwestern in the box, setting up a penalty kick for the Wildcats. Junior forward Kate Allen capitalized on the opportunity at 15:30, giving NU the 2-0 lead.

    The Buffs came back in the second half, scoring goals in the 51st and 54th minutes and neither team was able to score in extra time, giving NU its first tie of the year.

    Carrying the Load
    Three players have carried the scoring load for Northwestern this year as Waddle, Allen and sophomore midfielder Niki Sebo have scored all eight goals for NU. Waddle, who did not score a goal during her freshman season, and Allen, NU’s leading scorer in 2010 and 2011, lead the team with three each while Sebo has two goals so far this year. Waddle and Allen both lead the team in total points with seven as each also have an assist.

    Northwestern has scored two goals in four of five games so far this year and currently has a 1.60 goals per game average, far exceeding last year’s 0.68 goals per game average.

    Meet the Women’s Soccer Team at Wildcat Alley on Saturday!
    Be sure to stop by Wildcat Alley, presented by Cricket Wireless, before Saturday night’s home football game vs. Vanderbilt at Ryan Field to meet members of the NU women’s soccer team. The team will be signing autographs prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff at Wildcat Alley, which is a FREE fan fest located on the football practice field, just northeast of Ryan Field. Click here for more information on Wildcat Alley.

    Scouting Northern Illinois
    The Huskies are 2-2-0 through four games, shutting out SIU-Edwardsville, 1-0, and Loyola, 3-0. The two losses came 2-1 vs. Drake and 1-0 against Illinois State. Corinne Frankenberg leads NIU with two goals and five points. Goalkeeper Amy Carr has played a majority of the team’s minutes with a 0.58 goals-against average while Deanna Libricz has also seen time in net and has a 1.91 goals-against average. Despite NU and NIU’s close proximity to one another, these two teams are playing each other for the first time since 2006, a game Northwestern won 3-1. The Wildcats are 4-2-0 all-time against the Huskies.

    Scouting Yale
    The Bulldogs are 2-1 on the year, defeating Hartford, 2-1, and Sacred Heart, 3-0. Yale dropped its lone match in a 2-1 score vs. Stony Brook. Yale will play Loyola Friday before visiting Lakeside Field on Sunday. The Bulldogs only lost one starter off last year’s squad, which went 9-5-3 overall. Senior Adele Jackson-Gibson and sophomores Melissa Gavin and Meredith Speck were named Ivy League Players to Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.com prior to the season. This will be just the second meeting between Northwestern and Yale with the Wildcats winning the first match, 1-0 in 2009.

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