Oct. 24, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will play its final two home matches of the 2013 season this weekend, welcoming a pair of Big Ten foes to Lakeside Field. First, the Wildcats take on Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. and then match up against 10th-ranked Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday will be the final home game for the seven Wildcat seniors and they will be honored prior to the match for Senior Day festivities.
Thank You Seniors!
The 2013 Northwestern senior class includes Kate Allen, Maggie Graham, Sam Hatfield, Nicole Jewell, Natalie Lagunas, Bo Podkopacz and Julie Sierks. All seven have made key contributions to the program throughout their last four years. This group was part of one of the most memorable games in program history when the Wildcats upset No. 3 UCLA in 2010, which was their freshman season. Two seniors in particular had a direct impact in the outcome of that game as Allen scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory and she received an assist from Sierks.
Three members of this year's senior class, Allen, Jewell and Sierks, have played nearly every match in their Wildcat careers. Allen will leave Northwestern with her name cemented in the record book as she currently ranks third in program history for career points (52) and career goals (21).
This group has also made an impact outside of the soccer field, earning multiple Academic All-Big Ten distinctions and playing a key role in Helping Hallie.
Anna Cassell Tabbed Honorary Captain for MSU Match
Northwestern junior goalkeeper Anna Cassell will be the honorary captain at Friday night's match vs. Michigan State. Cassell will be walking away from the game of soccer due to medical reasons, but will remain a key part of the Northwestern women's soccer program as she works towards graduation in the spring of 2015. She served as Northwestern's starting goalkeeper during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and played 29 games for the Wildcats. Cassell was in net for the Wildcats when they closed out the 2012 season with three-straight Big Ten victories, including two in shutout fashion. Away from the field, Anna has excelled in the classroom as an an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, with a double-major in anthropology and science in human culture.
Memorable Win vs. MSU
Last year, head coach Michael Moynihan entered Northwestern's season finale at Michigan State with 199 career wins. All it took was one goal in the 19th minute and the Wildcats gave Moynihan, along with long-time assistant coach David Nikolic, career victory No. 200. The Wildcats had the 11-10 edge on shots in the match as then-sophomore Niki Sebo scored the lone goal of the game.
Steiner Strikes Again
Northwestern freshman Addie Steiner recorded her second career goal last weekend at Ohio State. Steiner has been on a roll lately, recording at least a point in each of the last three games. She tallied her first career goal in NU's win over Minnesota and registered an assist against Illinois before striking again at Ohio State. The NU newcomer is tied for third on the team in points with six (two goals, two assists) and is second on the team with 32 shots and 16 shots on goal.
Junior forward Katie Landgrebe recorded her first career assist at Ohio State, helping on Steiner's goal. She ranks second on the team in points at seven (three goals, one assist).
Know the Foe: Michigan State
Record: 8-6-2, 2-6-0
Notable: Allyson Krause is MSU's points leader so far this season with 14 (five goals, four assists), but Mary-Kat Fiebernitz leads the way with six goals. Twelve different players have scored at least one goal this year for the Spartans.
More Info: MSUSpartans.com
Know the Foe: Michigan
Record: 12-2-1, 6-1-1
Notable: Nkem Ezurike scored a total of three goals last weekend to become the program's all-time leading scorer with 45 career goals. She ranks second in the Big Ten in shots, is tied for third in points and ranks fourth in goals. The Wolverines will be the third top-10 foe for Northwestern this year as the Wildcats also took on then-No. 10 Notre Dame and then-No. 9 Penn State.
More Info: MGoBlue.com
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