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    'Cats Honor Seniors Saturday in Regular Season Finale vs. Michigan State

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Nicole Duller is one of eight seniors that will be honored prior to Saturday's match.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Nicole Duller is one of eight seniors that will be honored prior to Saturday's match.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 28, 2011

    Northwestern (2-14-1, 1-8-1) vs
    Michigan State (13-5-0, 6-4-0)

    Senior Night
    Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 7 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
    Evanston, Ill.
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    Northwestern Women’s Soccer Game Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern wraps up the regular season Saturday at Lakeside Field when Michigan State comes to town at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is NU’s final conference match before hosting the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 2-6 where they are guaranteed a sport in the eight-team field since they are the host school. 

    Scouting the Spartans
    Michigan State is 13-5-0 this season and 6-4-0 in conference play. The Spartans have played at home in their past two matches, losing to Penn State 3-1, and beating Ohio State 2-0. Laura Heyboer is the Spartans’ top goal scorer with 18 goals this season, ranking her third in the Big Ten. Heyboer is also the top goal scorer in MSU history with 55 career goals. Jill Flietstra has a 0.78 goals against average, making her the current leader in the conference, and 10 shutouts this year.

    Last Time vs. MSU
    Northwestern made the trip out to East Lansing last year to face the Spartans. The Wildcats lost 1-0 in the last 13 minutes of the game when Olivia Stander found the back of the net off a corner kick.  Both teams had 10 shots, making for tight competition the entire match. Caroline Edwards had six saves in the game and Kate Allen (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) led the team with three shots.

    Senior Sendoff
    Northwestern will recognize eight seniors before Saturday’s game for their contributions to the women’s soccer team over the last four years. Below is a list of this year’s senior class:

    No.     Name                  Pos.                  Hometown

    4         Katie Doyle           F                    St. Charles, Ill.

    8         Caroline Dagley     F                San Rafael, Calif.

    12      Sarah Sroka           D                       Geneva, Ill.

    16      Jill Dunn                M                    Naperville, Ill.

    18      Emily Langston       F                  Los Altos, Calif.

    19      Alison Schneeman   D                    St. Paul, Minn.

    21      Nicole Duller           D                  Los Altos, Calif.

    Mgr.   Kelsey Bertamus                         Burnsville. Minn.

    Big Ten Tournament Returns to Evanston
    After a two-year hiatus, the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament has been reinstated for the 2011 season. Northwestern, which had been next on the schedule to host the tournament when it was discontinued in 2009, will finally have the opportunity to host the tournament for the first time in school history. The Wildcats have made 10 appearances in the tournament since the program’s inception in 1994. The 2011 edition of the tournament will be staged Nov. 2-6 at Lakeside Field, with the semifinals and championship scheduled to be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Northwestern has an automatic bid in the eight-team tournament as the host school and the remainder of the field will be decided after this weekend.

    Tough Schedule
    Northwestern played a tough schedule during the regular season, facing seven teams that are currently ranked or receiving votes in the latest NSCAA Poll. The Wildcats opened the season against now-No. 5 Marquette and faced No. 1 Stanford on their home field earlier in the year. Four Big Ten teams are currently ranked or receiving votes, including Wisconsin (RV), who Northwestern tied 1-1 on Oct. 14.

    Going Deep Into the Bench
    Ten players on this year’s roster have played in all 17 games but the bench has also seen significant action. Of the 27 players on the Northwestern roster, 25 have played in at least one match. Against Iowa, 11 different players subbed in, including freshman Briana Borsellino (Oak Brook, Ill./Montini Catholic) who played in her first collegiate match.

    Last Time Out
    Sophomore Kate Allen scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 late in the first half but Iowa’s offense took control in the second half as NU fell 6-1 in its final road game of the season on Oct. 23. Allen had a team-high five shots, including four shots on goal. The ’Cats had 12 shots in the match and battled through 23 Hawkeye attempts.

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