No. 17 Field Hockey Takes Down No. 11 Northwestern 2-0

Oct. 20, 2013

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Justine Sowry on the 2-0 win over No. 11 Northwestern

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team used goals by Becca Maddock and Victoria Stratton and a career-high 10 saves by Sydney King to upend No. 11 Northwestern 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium.

"It was just a wonderful weekend," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "After yesterday's game and playing close to 100 minutes, today was a gritty performance from our team. They showed so much character and resilience. We had to dig deep today and we did that. We defended well as a unit and we took our opportunities when we needed to. Northwestern is a great opponent and very well-coached. I'm just so proud of this group right now."

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of the game. After earning the first penalty corner of the game, sophomore Elisa Garcia inserted the ball and junior Paige Monsen settled it for junior Alyssa Voelmle whose shot was stopped by Northwestern goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter. Junior Becca Maddock was there for the rebound and flicked it over Carpenter and into the cage for her fourth goal of the season.

The Wildcats went on to hold a 5-3 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corners in the first half, but the Cards took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Louisville tacked on an insurance goal on a penalty corner midway through the second half. This time, senior Erin Schneidtmiller got the corner started and Monsen provided the stop for sophomore Victoria Stratton who blasted a shot into the left side of the cage for her fourth goal of the season.

Northwestern continued to attack, firing off eight shots in the second half, but King had seven saves to hold the Wildcats at bay.

In the game, Northwestern outshot UofL 13-6 and held a 7-5 edge in corners. King (12-4) finished with a career-high 10 saves en route to her third shutout of the season. Carpenter (12-4) had two stops for the Wildcats.

Louisville (12-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) will return to action with a trip to Villanova for a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Oct. 27.