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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Stephanie Erickson will welcome Marcia McDermott, her college coach, to Evanston Sunday.
    Head coach Stephanie Erickson will welcome Marcia McDermott, her college coach, to Evanston Sunday.
    Click Here to hear senior Tori Bohannon talk about the season so far and the upcoming Big Ten season.

    Sept. 21, 2006

    Northwestern Women's Soccer Game Notes (vs. Iowa/Illinois)
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After two convincing wins last weekend, the Northwestern Wildcats (4-4-0) are ready to begin their conference schedule at home Friday against Iowa. They host Illinois Sunday afternoon.

    Northwestern swept it's final weekend of non-conference play by defeating Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. The 'Cats, behind two goals by sophomore Krystal Patterson (St. Louis, Mo./Shiloh (Ga.)) and one by sophomore Jenny Dunn (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Louisville), defeated the Huskies Friday, 3-1. Dunn and senior Tori Bohannon (Neenah, Wis./Neenah) each netted two goals, and freshman Zendzi Neal (Washington, D.C./Washington International) scored the first of her career Sunday as the Wildcats downed Western Michigan, 5-1.

    Scouting the Hawkeyes
    The Hawkeyes (4-3-1) played in the Gopher Invitational last weekend. Friday they took down Northern Colorado, 3-0. Ashley Schlueter, Kelly Warner, and Manon Engelhardt scored the goals. They fell Sunday to Dartmouth, 5-0. The Big Green scored four second half goals in the final 15 minutes of play. Stephanie Hyink leads the Hawkeyes in scoring with 17 points. With two goals. She is tied for the team lead with Kelsie Full. Ali Becker and Lindsey Boldt have split time in goal, but Boldt has played twice as many minutes.

    Scouting the Illini
    The Illini (4-4-0), ranked 19th in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll, split it's final non-conference weekend. They dropped a close 2-1 game Friday to Saint Louis and knocked off No. 12 Utah Sunday in Champaign, 4-1. Freshman Chichi Nweke netted a hat trick in the win over Utah. Nweke, who has only started one game in 2006, leads the team in goals (4) and points (9). Jessica Bayne is seocnd in goals with two. Lindsey Carstens has played the most minutes in goal, but she has shared time with both Kara Gostisha and Alexandra Kapicka.

    Another Familiar Face
    When the 'Cats took on Morehead State on 9/8, the Wildcats welcomed Eagles' head coach Erin Aubrey, a three year letterwinner, back to Evanston. This week, the Wildcats will welcome former head coach Marcia McDermott back to Northwestern. McDermott coached at NU from the program's inception in 1994 through 2000. She led the 'Cats to two NCAA tournament appearances, including a quarterfinals appearance in 1998. After NU, McDermott became the head coach for the Carolina Courage of the WUSA soccer league. She has coached every memeber of NU's coaching staff. Stephanie Erickson, Erin Ekeberg and Brooke Bean played for her as members of the Wildcats. McDermott coached Danielle Slaton when she played for the Carolina Courage.