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    Wildcats Hit the Road to Face Minnesota and Ohio State

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior Kelsey Hans has taken 35 shots in 2006.
    Junior Kelsey Hans has taken 35 shots in 2006.

    Sept. 28, 2006

    NU Women's Soccer Game Notes (at Minnesota/Ohio State)
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach Stephanie Erickson will take her squad outside of Chicagoland for the first time in 2006 to face Minnesota and Ohio State. The Wildcats' record stands at 5-5, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Northwestern's last road game was August 25 at DePaul. The 'Cats won the season opener, 2-1.

    Last Week
    Northwestern split its first two games of Big Ten play, defeating Iowa 1-0 in a rain-shortened contest and falling to Illinois Sunday, 2-0. Sophomore Jeanette Lorme (Santa Clarita, Calif./Sagus) notched the game's only goal. Northwestern's three-game win streak was snapped Sunday as the Wildcats fell to the 18th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini, 2-0. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Johnston (Denver, Colo./Denver East) made six saves and freshman Alicia Herczeg (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) registered four shots.

    Scouting the Golden Gophers
    Minnesota (6-3-1, 0-2) enters the contest 0-2 in Big Ten play. They dropped a close match Friday at Indiana, 1-0. The Hoosiers scored the game-winner in the 59th minute. The Gophers fell Sunday to No. 25 Purdue, again 1-0. Purdue scored 41 seconds into overtime. Lindsey Schwartz and Elena Fruci are tied for the team lead in goals with four. Schwartz leads the Gophers in points (11) and shots (43). Lindsey Dare has started six of Minnesota's 10 games and is 4-1-1.

    Scouting the Buckeyes
    Ohio State (4-4-1, 0-2) dropped its first two matches of Big Ten season. They also fell to the duo of Indiana and Purdue. The Boilermakers outlasted the Buckeyes Friday, 1-0. Ohio State lost Sunday to Indiana, 2-1. The Hoosiers scored their game-winner in the 81st minute. Lara Dickenmann leads the Buckeyes in points (9) and is tied for the team lead in goals (3). In goal, Lauren Robertson has a 0.75 goals-against average.

    Staying Offensive
    The Wildcats are among the Big Ten leaders in many offensive categories. NU is tied for first in goals (20) and goals per game (2). The 'Cats are third in points (53). Coach Erickson wants her players to take shots and these Wildcats are following through. They average 15.6 shots per game, good for fourth in the Big Ten.

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