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    Final Home Match of 2012 Pits NU vs. Iowa

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Bri Westlund is one of three seniors that will be honored prior to Sunday's home finale at Lakeside Field.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Bri Westlund is one of three seniors that will be honored prior to Sunday's home finale at Lakeside Field.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 20, 2012

    Northwestern (5-10-2, 1-8-0 B1G)
    vs. Iowa (11-4-3, 2-4-3 B1G)
    Sunday, Oct. 21 • 2:30 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
    Evanston, Ill.
    Live Stats: Gametracker
    Live Video: Wildcats All-Access
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
     
    Ticket Prices: $7 Adults • $4 Youth/Seniors • $3 Groups of 15 or more
    (Please note there is a men’s soccer match at noon. One ticket will get you in to both Northwestern soccer matches.)
     
    Sunday’s Match
    Northwestern will host its final game of the season at Lakeside Field on Sunday when Iowa comes to town for a 2:30 p.m. tilt. Sunday’s match is the final home contest in the careers of seniors Meredith Finsand, Jessica Rubin and Bri Westlund and the Wildcats will honor the senior class prior to the match.
     
    Last Time Out
    Northwestern staged a dramatic comeback in Champaign, Ill., Thursday night against the Illini. Trailing 1-0 for a majority of the game, sophomore midfielder/forward Georgia Waddle tallied the equalizer with exactly nine minutes remaining and junior forward Kate Allen converted a penalty kick with just four seconds showing on the clock to give the ’Cats the 2-1 victory.
    llinois had the 1-0 lead for much of the match, converting a penalty kick in the 17th minute, but the Wildcats battled right down to the final seconds. Waddle tied things up for the ’Cats at 81:00 with her fourth goal of the season, shortly after entering the game at 79:55. Junior forward Bo Podkopacz sent the ball over from the left side of the box and Illinois keeper Steph Panozzo came out to attempt to make the save. She was unable to stop the ball and Waddle got past Panozzo and was able to slide one in near the goal line for the score.

    The Illini put pressure on the ’Cats after that with six shots in the final minutes, but were unable to convert. With the clock winding down, Northwestern had a final opportunity to end the game in regulation. Waddle set up the eventual game-winner with a throw-in deep in Illini territory with about 20 seconds left. NU had two shots that were deflected and then Illinois was whistled for a handball in the box with just four seconds remaining in the game.

    Allen stepped up for the ’Cats and sent a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net to score her team-leading seventh goal of the season and send NU back to Evanston with the 2-1 victory.

    Great Kate
    Junior forward Kate Allen continues to cement her name in the NU record book. Allen tabbed her 18th career goal Thursday night vs. Illinois, moving her into a tie for eighth with Christie Molitor (1996-99) on NU’s career goals list. Thursday’s goal also was her seventh of the season, which is a new career-high, and also ties her for eighth for goals in a season. Here’s a list of where Allen ranks in the record book in various statistical categories:
     
    Career Goals: 18 – T-8th
    Goals in a Season: 7 – T-8th
    Career Points: 41 – 10th
    Points in a Season: 17 – T-9th
     
    Allen still has one more game and an entire senior season to continue to move up in the record book.
     
    Georgia On My Mind
    Sophomore midfielder/forward Georgia Waddle found the back of the net for the fourth time this season, scoring the equalizer with just nine minutes remaining against the Illini. Waddle was on a tear to start the season, tallying goals in three of the first five matches and her goal on Thursday was her first since Sept. 2. Waddle has been incredibly efficient in her scoring opportunities as four of her 10 total shots this season resulted in goals, giving her a .400 shot percentage. The Wildcats also tend to benefit when Waddle finds the back of the net as they are 3-0-1 when she scores a goal.
     
    Two For The Win
    Northwestern also tends to have favorable results when scoring two goals in a game. After Thursday, the Wildcats are now 5-1-1 when scoring twice. Illinois scored first on Thursday, but NU battled back for its second comeback victory. The first was earlier in the season against Miami (Ohio) where the ’Cats also overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to win, 2-1.
     
    Scouting Iowa
    Iowa has had an interesting stretch in the last six games, going 0-3-3. The Hawkeyes played three straight double-overtime scoreless draws from Sept. 28-Oct. 7 against Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. They then struggled in their following three games, losing to Ohio State, Penn State and most recently to Nebraska in overtime on Thursday. After not scoring or allowing a goal for three consecutive double-overtime matches, Iowa has been outscored 8-3 in its last three games.
     
    Iowa had a strong start to the season, winning nine-straight to open the year. Cloe Lacasse is the team-leader in goals (12), assists (six) and points (30), while eight other Hawkeyes have scored at least one goal.
     
    Up Next
    Northwestern has nearly a week off of competition before putting a wrap on the 2012 season Saturday, Oct. 27 on the road at Michigan State. The regular-season finale is set for a noon CT start.

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