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    B1G Road Trip to Wisconsin, Minnesota Awaits Wildcats

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Bri Westlund is one of five Minnesota natives on this year's roster.
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    Senior Bri Westlund is one of five Minnesota natives on this year's roster.
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    Oct. 11, 2012

    Northwestern (4-8-2, 0-6-0 B1G)
    at Wisconsin (8-5-1, 1-4-1 B1G)
    Friday, Oct. 12 • 7 p.m.
    McClimon Soccer Complex (Madison, Wis.)
    Live Stats: Gametracker
    Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network

    Northwestern (4-8-2, 0-6-0 B1G)
    at Minnesota (7-6-1, 2-3-1)
    Sunday, Oct. 14 • 1 p.m.
    Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium (Minneapolis, Minn.)
    Live Stats: Gametracker
    Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network

    Wisconsin, Minnesota Match Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    This Weekend
    Northwestern is back on the road with two more Big Ten matches. The Wildcats face Wisconsin on Friday at 7 p.m. in Madison before traveling to Minneapolis to take on the Gophers Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network, which is available on NUsports.com.
     
    Super Sophomores
    While junior Kate Allen currently leads the team in scoring with six goals, four second-year players have contributed to the scoring load. After not finding the back of the net during her freshman season, midfielder/forward Georgia Waddle has tallied three goals this season, including the game-winner in NU’s season-opening 2-1 OT win vs. Kansas, a 2011 NCAA Tournament team. She started the year with back-to-back goals, also scoring in NU’s 2-1 win the next game at Miami. Waddle’s third goal of the year came in Northwestern’s 2-2 tie with Colorado.
     
    Midfielder Niki Sebo scored a goal during her freshman year, helping NU come back for a 1-1 tie with Wisconsin at Lakeside Field, and has three goals this season to tie with Waddle for second on the squad. Forward KK Barr and midfielder Sami Schrakamp both scored their first career goals this year. Barr’s came in NU’s 2-0 win over Northern Illinois and Schrakamp scored within minutes of coming off the bench in a 2-0 shutout of Yale.
     
    Sunday Homecoming
    Five members of the 2012 Northwestern women’s soccer team are originally from the state of Minnesota, including three from Edina, Minn. The Minnesota natives are as follows:

    Name Hometown High School
    Julie Sierks Edina, Minn. Edina
    Meredith Finsand Edina, Minn. Edina
    Kiltie Finsand Edina, Minn. Edina
    Bo Podkopacz Plymouth, Minn. Wayzata
    Bri Westlund Cottage Grove, Minn. Park

    Last Time Out
    Last weekend, the ’Cats took a break from Friday/Sunday weekend matches and had only one game, hosting No. 23 Michigan on Saturday at Lakeside Field. Freshman Rachel Bergman started in net for the Wildcats and made three saves in the first half from the Wolverines’10 shots. Michigan scored in the 18th minute, but NU had its chances with six shots in the first half. The second half opened with another Michigan goal, but the NU defense limited Michigan to just five shots in the second half. Though Bergman had a season-high five saves, Michigan pulled away with the win, 2-0.

    Scouting Wisconsin
    Wisconsin (8-5-1, 1-4-1 BIG) suffered its fourth conference loss of the season, falling 3-2 in overtime to Nebraska last weekend. Though the Badgers battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie it 2-2 at the half, they were unable to secure a win as the Huskers scored in the 2nd minute of overtime. Wisconsin rebounded with a 2-0 win over Green Bay on Monday, snapping a four-match winless streak (0-3-1). Paige Adams and Cara Walls currently lead UW with five goals each while four other Badgers have tallied at least three goals on the year. Lauren Gunderson has played a majority of the team’s minutes in net with 10 starts and has a 1.25 goals-against average.
     
    Last year against the Badgers, it was a scoreless match until UW struck first in the 73rd minute as a free kick set up Joana Bielfeld’s header goal. The Wildcats responded late in the match at the 87th minute as Sebo’s header off a corner kick found the back of the net, tying things up at 1-1. UW finished with the 8-3 advantage on shots in both overtime periods but NU goalkeeper Anna Cassell fought off all the attempts, including two saves, as the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

    Scouting Minnesota
    Minnesota is 7-6-1 on the season and 2-3-1 in conference play. The Gophers settled for a tie last Saturday at home against Iowa, despite a charging offense that outshot the Hawkeyes 29-7. Minnesota continues a three-game homestand coming into this weekend, in which they’ll also be having homecoming festivities. Minnesota’s two Big Ten victories came vs. Wisconsin (3-2) and Michigan State (1-0). Sophomore Taylor Uhl does it all for the Gophers as she leads the Big Ten in goals (13), assists (eight) and points (34). Senior goalkeeper Cat Parkhill will be playing her final home match Sunday vs. NU and in 14 starts this year, has a 1.30 goals-against average with 47 saves.

    Up Next
    Following this weekend, NU will have three Big Ten regular-season contests remaining. Thursday, Oct. 18 sees the 'Cats on the road against Illinois at 7 p.m. before they return to Lakeside Field for their final home game and Senior Day against Iowa on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

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