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    'Cats Embark on First B1G Road Trip of Season

    Freshman Natalie Cikos has started seven matches for the Wildcats this year.

    Freshman Natalie Cikos has started seven matches for the Wildcats this year.

    Sept. 27, 2012

    Northwestern (4-5-2, 0-3-0 B1G) vs. Purdue (6-4-1, 1-2-0 B1G)
    Friday, Sept. 28 • 6 p.m. CT • Boilermaker Soccer Complex (West Lafayette, Ind.)
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    Live Stats: Gametracker

    Northwestern (4-5-2, 0-3-0 B1G) vs. Indiana (5-5-1, 0-3-0 B1G)
    Sunday, Sept. 30 • Noon CT • Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
    Live Stats: Gametracker

    Purdue, Indiana Match Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    The Weekend
    After playing seven of eight matches at Lakeside Field, Northwestern hits the road for its first Big Ten road trip of the season. The trip takes the Wildcats to Indiana where they will face the Boilermakers at 6 p.m. CT Friday and the Hoosiers at noon Sunday. This is a big weekend for NU as it searches for its first conference victory of the season against Purdue who has one Big Ten win and Indiana who also has yet to win a conference match.

    In the Record Book
    Junior forward Kate Allen officially entered the NU record book last weekend with her goal against Penn State. It was the 17th career goal for Allen which ties her with Jenny Dunn and Alicia Herczeg for ninth all-time. Allen currently has six goals on the season, which matches her career-best set during her freshman season in 2010.

    Friday’s goal also puts Allen at 15 points on the season, a new career best. She ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 15 points and also is tied for seventh with six goals (stats as of 9/27).

    Set Your DVRs
    The Big Ten Network Women’s Report will air a feature on the Northwestern women’s soccer team at 1:30 p.m. CT Friday, Sept. 28. The Wildcats have befriended a six-year-old girl by the name of Hallie Munro who has a significant number of medical complications that resulted in her family moving to the Chicago area for medical treatment.

    While living in Utah, Hallie became close with the Utah women’s soccer team, which is coached by NU head coach Michael Moynihan’s brother-in-law, Rich Manning. Once Hallie moved to Chicago, Manning put the Munro family in touch with Moynihan and the relationship with the NU women’s soccer team has flourished since last spring. Hallie has visited a number of Northwestern practices and was at the team’s home opener vs. Marquette, along with the Big Ten Network crew to capture footage for Friday’s feature.

    For more information on Hallie, visit

    Last Time Out
    Northwestern hosted two tough Big Ten opponents last weekend with then-No. 11 Penn State and Ohio State visiting Lakeside Field. The Wildcats had solid first halves against both opponents, allowing just one goal vs. Penn State and shutting out OSU in the first 45 minutes. NU tallied a goal against PSU, Allen’s score in the 59th minute, but was unable to score Sunday as Penn State won 4-1 and OSU recorded the 2-0 shutout.

    Northwestern had its chances on the weekend, tying a season-high with 14 shots against Ohio State and had 13 looks against the Nittany Lions.

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue is hosting its first Big Ten home matches this weekend when the Wildcats come to town Friday. The Boilermakers are 6-4-1 overall and 1-2-0 in Big Ten action with their conference win coming against Nebraska. Entering the weekend, Purdue has scored a goal in seven consecutive games, the team's longest single-season streak since the 2009 team found the back of the net in its first 12 games. Six different Boilers have scored goals during the seven-game streak, helping Purdue record 15 goals in the seven games and outscore the opposition, 15-8. The Boilermakers have recorded multiple goals in six of the seven games.

    Scouting Indiana
    The Hoosiers are 5-5-1 on the year and also searching for their first conference win with an 0-3-0 start in the Big Ten. Indiana has played Michigan (L, 3-0), Iowa (L, 1-0) and Nebraska (L, 2-1) so far and takes on Illinois before hosting Northwestern on Sunday. Lisa Nouanesengsy is the team’s leading scorer with six goals and 13 points so far this year while Rebecca Candler leads the team with five assists. Starting goalkeeper Shannon Flower has a 1.59 goals-against average.

    Up Next
    After six-straight weekends with matches on Friday and Sunday, the Wildcats play just one game next week, hosting Michigan at Lakeside Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 and this is the second-to-last regular season home match for Northwestern with the home finale, and Senior Day, against Iowa on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.


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