Sept. 12, 2012
Northwestern (4-2-1) vs Nebraska (3-4-0)
Friday, Sept. 14 • 5 p.m. Lakeside Field
TV: Big Ten Network (Tape-Delay to 7 p.m.)
Talent: Dan Kelly, Danielle Slaton
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Northwestern (4-2-1) at Oakland (2-2-2)
Sunday, Sept. 16 • Noon
Rochester, Mich. • OU Soccer Field
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Ticket Prices: $7 Adults • $4 Youth/Seniors • $3 Groups of 15 or more (Tickets to NU women’s game vs. Nebraska are also good for the men’s match vs. Iona at 7:30 p.m.!)
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Nebraska, Oakland Match Notes
Northwestern begins one season and wraps up another this weekend, hosting its first Big Ten match Friday vs. Nebraska and concluding the nonconference portion of its schedule Sunday at Oakland. The Cornhuskers travel to Lakeside Field for the first time as a member of the Big Ten Conference in a match that will kickoff at 5 p.m. and air tape-delayed on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. NU then makes its first road trip since Aug. 26 at Dayton, concluding the nonconference schedule in Rochester, Mich., facing Oakland at noon.
Bring on the B1G
Nebraska is NU’s first conference opponent of the 2012 season. The Wildcats will host five Big Ten matches at Lakeside Field as Penn State (9/21), Ohio State (9/23), Michigan (10/6) and Iowa (10/21) all make trips to Evanston this year.
Last Time Out
Northwestern won two matches last weekend at Lakeside Field, both by 2-0 shutouts. The Wildcats faced in-state rival Northern Illinois Friday and blanked the Huskies thanks to goals by sophomore forward/midfielder KK Barr and sophomore midfielder Niki Sebo. Barr’s goal in the 35th minute was her first career goal as Sebo scored her third goal of the season. In net, freshman Rachel Bergman stopped two shots to earn her first career win and first career shutout for the Wildcats.
Sunday, NU had a similar 2-0 score vs. Yale and dominated the Bulldogs 14-6 on shots, including the 9-3 clip in the first half. Junior forward Kate Allen scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the first half while sophomore midfielder/forward Sami Schrakamp got in on the scoring in the first half, coming off the bench to find the back of the net for the first time in her NU career in the 31st minute. Bergman again stopped two shots in net for her second shutout.
With the two wins over the weekend, NU is unbeaten in its last three matches (2-0-1), allowing just two goals in that span.
Rachel Bergman Named B1G Co-Freshman of the Week
Rachel Bergman earned the first Big Ten weekly honor for the Wildcats on Monday as the conference named her the Co-Freshman of the Week. Bergman played all 180 minutes in net over the weekend as the Wildcats shut out Northern Illinois 2-0 Friday and Yale by the same 2-0 score on Sunday. The NU freshman stopped two shots in each contest, helping Northwestern stay unbeaten in its last three matches and improve to 4-2-1 on the season. This is the first Big Ten honor for Bergman and she is the first NU freshman to receive the weekly accolade since current junior Kate Allen’s freshman of the week award on Aug. 23, 2010.
On the Offense
Northwestern has scored two goals in six of its seven matches so far this season for an average of 1.71 goals per game, far ahead of last season’s 0.68 average. Five players have contributed to the scoring load so far this year as Kate Allen leads the team with four goals. Niki Sebo and sophomore midfielder Georgia Waddle are close behind with three goals each while KK Barr and Sami Schrakamp have one apiece. In terms of points, Allen once again leads the team with 11 points (four goals, three assists) while Waddle’s eight points (three goals, two assists) and Barr’s five points (one goal, three assists) are second and third on the team, respectively.
The Wildcats have scored 12 goals so far this year (six in the first half, five in the second), which is just one off of last season’s total of 13 goals.
Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan is very close to reaching a significant milestone as he is three wins away from career victory No. 200. In his first year with the Wildcats, Moynihan is out to a 4-2-1 start and has 197 career victories in his 16 seasons as a head coach.
The Northwestern bench has provided key contributions so far this season, especially last weekend when KK Barr and Sami Schrakamp both scored their goals within minutes of subbing in. Against NIU on Friday, Barr came off the bench in the 31st minute and shortly after that put the Wildcats on the board with her first career goal at 34:13. On Sunday, Schrakamp subbed in for Barr, who started Sunday’s match, at 28:53 and then found the back of the net at 30:04.
Moynihan has tried a number of different lineups so far this season as 25 of the team’s 28 players on the roster have seen playing time.
Nebraska is 3-4 on the season but winners in its last two matches, outscoring the two opponents 6-1. The Huskers have wins over New Mexico, Cincinnati and Southeast Missouri State so far this season. Nebraska’s Mayme Conroy currently leads the team with three goals and six points while Katie Kraeutner and Hannah Dittmar have two goals each. The Huskers are averaging 15.0 shots per game and 1.57 goals per contest. Emma Stevens has played the majority of the matches in net, starting six games with a 1.32 goals-against average and 2-4-0 record. Amy Swearer has seen time in net in three matches with one start, posting a 1.69 goals-against average. Northwestern is 1-3-0 all-time against Nebraska but 1-0-0 all-time on its home pitch.
Oakland is 2-2-2 on the year and will face Northern Kentucky on the road before hosting the Wildcats on Sunday. Oakland played a pair of Big Ten teams last week, tying Michigan State, 0-0 and falling to Michigan 1-0. Goalkeeper Shannon Coley is this week’s Summit League Defensive Player of the Week, helping the Golden Grizzlies to a 0-0 draw with Michigan State. Oakland’s two wins were in the form of a 9-0 shutout of Rochester College in the season-opener and by a 3-2 score against Detroit. Kyla Kellermann leads the team with four goals and 10 points (two assists) while Abigail Haelewyn has dished out five assists so far this year. Oakland averages 19.3 shots per game while limiting its opponents to 11.7 per contest. Shannon Coley and Payj O’Shea have split time in net as both are 1-1-1 on the year. Northwestern is 2-0-0 all-time against the Golden Grizzlies with the last match coming in the form of a 3-2 Northwestern victory in overtime on Sept. 9, 2005.
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