Oct. 27, 2013
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: #10 Michigan 3, Northwestern 0
Records: U-M (14-2-1, 8-1-1 Big Ten), Northwestern (3-13-2, 1-9-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 2 -- vs. Ohio State (U-M Soccer Stadium), 6 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team tied a program record for longest winning streak (seven), downing Northwestern, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 27) at Lakeside Field. Sophomore Cassie Collins (San Diego, Calif./Westview), senior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and freshman Nicky Waldeck (Chicago, Ill./Western Reserve Academy [Ohio]) scored a goal each, while freshman Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) made five saves for her second consecutive shutout.
The Wolverines remain in second place in the Big Ten at 25 points (8-1-1) with one game remaining. Michigan is two points behind conference leader Nebraska (27 points, 9-1-0), which defeated Penn State, 3-2, in double overtime Sunday to remain in first.
The Wolverines controlled the pace of play in the opening half. Northwestern had the first shot of the match in the 10th minute and it was saved by Bucklin, but after that, it was all Michigan. In the 14th minute, sophomore Christina Ordonez (Elmhurst, Ill./York) had the first real scoring chance, but her high shot was saved by Northwestern goalkeeper Sam Hartfield. The scoreless tie was nearly broken in the 26th minute, as Toohey fired a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar.
Michigan broke through in the 42nd minute on a set piece. After Northwestern was called for a foul, Collins found the ball outside the 18-yard box on the restart, firing a low shot that went past Hartfield and into the back of the net. Sophomore Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) was credited with an assist on the play. At the half, Michigan led Northwestern on the scoreboard and in all major categories, including shots (14-1), shots on goal (6-1) and corners (3-0).
In the 65th minute, Toohey added another strike, successfully converting a penalty kick after a hand ball was called against a Northwestern defender in the box. Toohey put her shot low and Hartfield guessed incorrectly, giving Michigan the goal and increasing the lead.
Waldeck tallied an insurance goal in the match's final moments, scoring her third goal of the season in the 86th minute. Toohey started the play, passing the ball to freshman Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth). She then slotted the ball to Waldeck, who placed her shot into the back of the net from inside the box on the left side.
Michigan will close the regular season on Saturday (Nov. 2), as it welcomes rival Ohio State to U-M Soccer Stadium. The match will begin at 6 p.m. Prior to the match, U-M will honor its eight seniors on the field in a pregame ceremony. In order for Michigan to win the Big Ten championship, it needs to beat Ohio State and have Nebraska lose or draw against Indiana on Friday (Nov. 1) in Lincoln, Neb. If Nebraska loses and Michigan wins, the Wolverines would win the title outright. If Nebraska draws and Michigan wins, the two teams would each have 28 points and share the championship.
Shots: U-M 22, NU 5
Shots on Goal: U-M 10, NU 5
Saves: U-M 5 (Taylor Bucklin), NU 7 (Sam Hartfield)
Corner Kicks: U-M 3, NU 1
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423