Oct. 8, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern and Michigan battled to a scoreless tie Sunday in the Wildcat's final home game of 2006. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Johnston (Denver, Colo./Denver East) made six saves between the pipes, including a game-saving stop early in the second half. With the tie Northwestern's record moves to 3-2-1 in the Big Ten, 7-6-1 overall. Michigan now stands at 5-5-4 overall, 1-2-2 in conference.
Michigan's defense stifled the 'Cats in the first half with the Wildcats managing only one shot, a sliding attempt by freshman Alicia Herczeg (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) set up by a Kelsey Hans (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville) crossing pass. Johnston made five saves in the first frame and the Wolverines took seven shots.
The 'Cats' offense came alive in the second half, with Northwestern winning the shots battle, 7-6. Michigan had an opportunity less than 10 minutes into the second frame when Kylie Nesche launched a shot and was denied by a diving Johnston. The junior keeper jumped to her right and reached her hands out to her left to stop the shot. It was Michigan's only shot on goal in the second half. Regulation ended scoreless.
Neither team registered a shot in the first of two 10-minute overtime periods. The Wildcats had two corner kick opportunities, but could not cash in. The second overtime proceeded in a similar manner, with Northwestern taking one shot to none for Michigan. After 110 minutes of play, the contest ended in a scoreless tie. Both teams picked up a valuable point in the Big Ten standings.
"I'm not going to celebrate a tie, but you have to appreciate a game like this where it could have gone either way," head coach Stephanie Erickson said. We have played well on the road so far this season and we need to take that confidence into the rest of our schedule."
Before the game, Northwestern honored its senior class of Tori Bohannon (Neenah, Wis./Neenah), Whitney Jones (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), Katie Wright (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) and Cathy Biglari (Skokie, Ill./Niles North). The Wildcats concluded the home portion of their 2006 schedule.
The 'Cats will play their last five games on the road, starting Friday at 3 p.m. against Purdue.