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    'Cats Make Final Road Trip of 2011 Season, Visit Iowa City Sunday

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    Kate Allen scored a goal Northwestern's 3-0 win over Iowa last year at Lakeside Field.

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    Kate Allen scored a goal Northwestern's 3-0 win over Iowa last year at Lakeside Field.
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    Oct. 22, 2011

    Northwestern (2-13-1, 1-7-1) vs. Iowa (11-4-2, 3-4-2)
    Sunday, October 23 - 1 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Gametracker: NUSports.com
    Webstream: Big Ten Digital Network (NUSports.com)

    Northwestern Women's Soccer Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern plays its final road match of the 2011 season Sunday when it visits Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. Sunday's game is the second-to-last regular season match for the Wildcats as they close at Lakeside Field Saturday, Oct. 29 before hosting the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 2-6. The 'Cats are guaranteed a spot in the eight-team Big Ten Tournament since they are the host school.

    Scouting the Hawkeyes
    Iowa is 11-4-2 on the season and 3-4-1 in conference action. The Hawkeyes have been shutout in their last two matches, losing 4-0 to Penn State and 1-0 to Nebraska. Cloe Lacasse leads the Hawkeyes with 10 goals this year, which ties for sixth in the conference. In goal, Emily Moran has a 0.85 goals against average, good for second in the conference, and five shutouts on the year.

    Last Time vs. Iowa
    Northwestern hosted Iowa at Lakeside Field last year and came away with a 3-0 victory. The Wildcats fired off 23 shots en route to the 3-0 win. Jennifer Baumann, Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and Natalie Lagunas (Canyon Country, Calif./Golden Valley) each tallied goals for Northwestern in the win. Northwestern has a 10-3-1 all-time series advantage over Iowa, including a 5-1-1 mark on the road.


     

     

    Shutting Them Out in the First Half
    Before Thursday's game against Illinois, Northwestern went four-straight games without allowing a goal in the first half. That adds up to 198:54 minutes without a goal in the opening frame since Illinois notched a goal at the 26:06 mark on Thursday. Prior to Thursday's game, the last first-half goal scored on the Wildcat defense was Sept. 30 against Purdue.

    Hatfield with the Save
    Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Hatfield (Crossfield, Alberta/W.G. Murdoch) made her third career start Thursday against No. 25 Illinois. Hatfield saved a career-high six shots, which all came in the second half. On the season, Hatfield has 11 total saves, meaning more than 50 percent of her saves this season came in the Illinois game. Hatfield averages 3.67 saves per contest and she has logged 217:01 in net so far this season.

    Last Time Out
    Northwestern played its third ranked opponent of the 2011 season and hosted No. 25 Illinois at Lakeside Field Thursday night. The Wildcats put two shots on goal early and battled through three Illinois corner kicks within the first 11 minutes. Illinois didn't take a shot until the 25:58 mark but it proved costly as Marissa Mykines slipped one past Sam Hatfield. The Fighting Illini would score two more second-half goals for the win. Caroline Dagley (San Rafael, Calif./The Branson School), Sami Schrakamp (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) and Kate Allen had two shots each.

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