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    Wildcats Begin Big Ten Slate at No. 9 Penn State

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Addie Steiner assisted on a goal in NU's 2-0 win vs. Oakland during the nonconference finale.
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    Addie Steiner assisted on a goal in NU's 2-0 win vs. Oakland during the nonconference finale.
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    Sept. 18, 2013

    Northwestern (2-4-2) at No. 9 Penn State (6-1-1)
     Date Friday, Sept. 20 | 6 p.m. CT
     Location  Jeffrey Field  | University Park, Pa.
     Live Stats  Gametracker
     Social Media  @CatsWSoccer   |  Facebook

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After wrapping up the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 2-0 win over Oakland last Sunday at Lakeside Field, Northwestern opens the conference slate this weekend. One match is on the schedule as the Wildcats travel to University Park, Pa., to face the defending Big Ten champions, ninth-ranked Penn State.

    Hascher Honored by Big Ten
    Northwestern freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher (Stamford, Conn./Convent of the Sacred Heart) has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference announced earlier this week.

    Hascher had a stellar week in net for the Wildcats as she posted shutouts in a 0-0 tie with Western Michigan and 2-0 victory over Oakland to wrap up nonconference play. She saved a career-high seven shots against the Broncos and stopped two vs. the Golden Grizzlies.

    The NU keeper has shut out her last three opponents as the Wildcats also defeated Dartmouth on Sept. 8, marking the first time Northwestern has had three-straight shutouts since 2007. Hascher has not allowed a goal since Sept. 5 and is currently on a shutout streak of more than 356 minutes.

    Hascher has played seven matches this year, starting five, and has allowed just three goals so far this season for a goals-against average of 0.48, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Her .897 save percentage ranks first in the conference.

    Super Subs
    Northwestern has seven goals so far this season, and non-starters have scored all but one of those goals. In fact, a number of those players have scored goals shortly after entering the match. Here’s a look at NU’s goals this year and the time the player subbed in before scoring the goal:

    8/23 vs. Western Illinois – Suzanne Malherbe
    • Malherbe subs in at 24:50
    • Malherbe scores goal at 29:27

    8/25 at Notre Dame – Julie Sierks
    • Sierks did not start the match, but started the second half (45:00)
    • Sierks scores goal at 46:32

    8/31 at Northeastern – Katie Landgrebe
    • Landgrebe did not start the match, but started the second half (45:00)
    • Landgrebe scores goal at 66:06
     
    9/8 vs. Dartmouth  - Georgia Waddle
    • Waddle did not start the match but entered the game late in the first and started the second half (45:00)
    • Waddle scores goal at 50:13
     
    9/8 vs. Dartmouth – Katie Landgrebe
    • Landgrebe did not start the match but entered the game during the first half and again in the second at the 67:52 mark
    • Landgrebe scores goal at 73:57
     
    9/15 vs. Oakland – Georgia Waddle
    • Waddle subs in at 35:41
    • Waddle scores at 38:29

    9/15 vs. Oakland – Sami Schrakamp
    • Schrakamp started match
    • Schrakamp did not start second half, subbed in at 63:15
    • Schrakamp scores at 67:56

    Big Ten Slate
    Friday marks the first Big Ten match of the season as the Wildcats will face 11 conference foes until November. Following Friday's match, Northwestern returns home next weekend to host Nebraska (Friday, Sept. 27) and Iowa (Sunday, Sept. 29) at Lakeside Field. The other Big Ten teams visiting Lakeside Field this year include Minnesota (Saturday, Oct. 12), Illinois (Thursday, Oct. 17), Michigan State (Friday, Oct. 25) and Michigan (Sunday, Oct. 27). Northwestern was picked to finish eighth in the conference this year by the league coaches. This year's Big Ten Tournament runs from Nov. 6-10 in Champaign, Ill.

    Know the Foe: Penn State
    2013 Record:
    6-1-1
    2012 Postseason: NCAA Finals...Finished runner-up to North Carolina
    Notable: Maya Hayes led the No. 9 Penn State women's soccer team to three-straight road wins last week and earned Disney Soccer/NSCAA Division I National Player of the Week honors in the process. The senior posted four goals and one assist at Bucknell, Oklahoma State and Tulsa this past week. With the selection Hayes becomes the first-ever Nittany Lion to earn national player of the week accolades by the NSCAA. Hayes leads the Big Ten in goals (nine) and points (21).
    More Information: GoPSUSports.com

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