Oct. 30, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. - After wrapping up the home portion of their schedule last weekend at Lakeside Field, the Wildcats will finish the 2013 season with a trip to Madison to battle the Badgers (9-6-2, 4-5-1 Big Ten), who are receiving votes in the latest NSCAA poll. Kickoff for the final match of the season is set for 1 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Wildcats’ conference record doesn’t give credit to the team’s narrow margin of defeat during Big Ten play. The majority of Northwestern’s conference losses this season were decided by just one goal. Of the nine losses, six were one-goal games and two were decided in double-overtime.
It has been NU’s sharp-shooting that kept the team close in those games. The 'Cats majorly outshot conference leader Nebraska on Sept. 27. Although the final score favored Nebraska, the ‘Cats outshot the Huskers, who were receiving votes at the time, 24-10. In the second half alone, Northwestern outshot Nebraska 18-4, nearly quintupling Nebraska’s shots for the half. Nebraska (9-1-0) currently sits atop the Big Ten standings and ranks 18th in the latest NSCAA poll.
With a win Saturday, the Wildcats could spoil Wisconsin’s chances for a trip to the 2013 Big Ten Tournament The top eight squads in the conference standings make the tournament and right now Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois are all tied for seventh in the standings with 13 points while Minnesota and Ohio State have 14 points to tie for fifth.
Saturday’s game will be the final one for the seven Wildcat seniors on this year’s team. That group includes Kate Allen, who has led Northwestern in scoring in each of her four years with the program, Maggie Graham, Sam Hatfield, who saved a career-best seven shots during Senior Day, Nicole Jewell, Natalie Lagunas, Bo Podkopacz and Julie Sierks.
Saturday's match also will be a homecoming for NU freshman defender Mary Erikson, who is from Beloit, Wis., and attended high school in the Madison area.
Know the Foe: Wisconsin
2013 Record: 9-6-2, 4-5-1
Notable: Wisconsin is in the midst of a two-match losing streak with a 1-0 loss on the road at Indiana Oct. 27 and a 1-0 loss at home against Minnesota Oct. 24. The Badgers’ four conference victories have come against Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Iowa. Freshman forward Rose Lavelle was named one of the nation’s top-10 freshmen by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
More Information: UWBadgers.com
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