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    Wildcats Welcome Badgers, Gophers to Lakeside Field

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    Bo Podkopacz, who is originally from Plymouth, Minn., scored a goal in last year's game against Minnesota.

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    Bo Podkopacz, who is originally from Plymouth, Minn., scored a goal in last year's game against Minnesota.
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    Oct. 13, 2011

    Northwestern (2-11-0, 1-5-0) vs. Wisconsin (8-4-2, 3-1-2)
    Friday, October 14 • 7 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
    Evanston, Ill.
    Gametracker: NUSports.com
    Twitter: @NU_SportsLive

    Northwestern (2-11-0, 1-5-0) vs. Minnesota (5-7-2, 2-2-2)
    Sunday, Oct. 16 • 1 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
    Evanston, Ill.
    Gametracker: NUSports.com
    Webstream: Wildcat All-Access (NUSports.com)
    Twitter: @NU_SportsLive

    Northwestern Women’s Soccer Weekly Game Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern returns to Lakeside Field this weekend after a successful trip to Ann Arbor where they defeated Michigan by a score of 1-0 last Saturday. The Wildcats return home to play Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Friday at Lakeside Field and Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Following Sunday’s match, fans in the 8th grade and under are invited to stick around for a special skills clinic with the ’Cats. Boys and girls of all skill levels are welcome. For more information on the clinic, email wildcatmarketing@northwestern.edu.

    Scouting the Badgers
    Wisconsin enters the contest with a season record of 8-4-2 overall and 3-1-2 in Big Ten competition, which ranks second in the conference. Freshman Cara Walls and senior captain Laurie Nosbusch lead the Badger attack. Walls has seven goals and an assist while Nosbusch has five goals and five assists. Goalie Michele Dalton has played every minute in goal for the Badgers this season, posting a goals against average of 0.90. Wisconsin plays its second-consecutive match on the road after blanking Nebraska 2-0 last weekend in Lincoln.

    Last Time vs. the Badgers
    Northwestern played at Wisconsin last year and got behind early, conceding three first-half goals in a span of 12 minutes en route to a 3-0 loss. The Badgers had two goals and an assist from Laurie Nosbusch. Caroline Dagley (San Rafael, Calif./The Branson School) led NU with three shots in the game while Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) put both of her scoring attempts on target.

    Scouting the Gophers
    Minnesota comes to Evanston on Sunday with a 5-7-2 overall mark and is 2-2-2 in the Big Ten. The Gophers are lead in attack by freshman Taylor Uhl who has totaled 19 points on the season with nine goals and an assist. Junior goalie Cat Parkhill has played in every match this year and has a goals against average of 1.26. The Gophers come in off a 2-1 win over Iowa on the road.

    Last Time vs. the Gophers
    Northwestern hosted Minnesota last year and the game was Senior Night for six senior ’Cats. Then-freshman Bo Podkopacz (Plymouth, Minn./ Wayzata) scored against her home state school, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a two-goal deficit. Minnesota won 2-1 despite a well-played match by Northwestern. Then-senior goalie Carolyn Edwards played well on senior night with five saves in net for the ’Cats.

    Last Time Out
    The ’Cats return to action at Lakeside this weekend after a huge win last weekend in Ann Arbor. Northwestern used a combination of solid defense and a crafty throw-in to defeat Michigan 1-0 last Saturday night in Ann Arbor. Goalies Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah/ Skyline) and Sam Hatfield (Crossfield, Alberta/ W.G. Murdoch) combined to save all five of Michigan’s attempts on goal. The ’Cats sturdy defense was able to withstand 18 shots and 11 corner kicks on the night and left Ann Arbor riding high after a hard earned shutout win.

    Up Next
    The ’Cats play one at home and one on the road next week, beginning with a 7 p.m. match Thursday, Oct. 20 at Lakeside Field when Illinois comes to town. Northwestern then travels to Iowa City to take on Iowa at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

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