Northwestern returns to the pitch after a week off to host the Pizza Ranch Classic on Friday and Saturday. Northwestern (0-1) fell to Bellevue last Saturday by the score of 2-0 and will be making their home debut in the 2014 season.
The Red Raiders will host Viterbo (Wis.) (4-1) on Friday at 7:15 pm and Univ. of Northwestern (0-1) on Saturday at 7:15 pm.
Viterbo returns much of their team from a 2013 season in which they went 15-4, posting their second consecutive 15 wins season. They are currently receiving votes in the NAIA women's soccer poll and carry a 4-1 record into this weekend's action. The V-Hawks have defeated the University of North Dakota (3-0), Trinity Christian (3-2), Roosevelt (4-0), and St. Francis (4-0) this season and dropped a match to Cardinal Stritch (3-2). Viterbo has out-shot their opponents 97-60 this season and has out-scored them by a combined score of 16-5. Molly Machometa leads the team with eight goals and one assist for 17 points. Cait Michicich and Macie Maulbetsch each have scored twice. Katie Bares has two assists to lead the team.
Alicia Seachord and McKenzie Guth both have seen time in goal, Seachord has made 17 saves and has allowed two goals in 314 minutes. Guth has made seven saves and allowed three goals in 135 minutes.
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Northwestern went 6-13-1 last season and have only played once this season. The Golden Eagles allowed nine first half goals as they fell to Augsburg 10-0 in their only match of the season. They were out-shot 41-1 in the match.
Northwestern dropped their only match of the 2014 season to Bellevue, by the score of 2-0, last Saturday.
Play was even in many ways including shots where Northwestern had nine shots to Bellevue’s ten. The Raiders went down early on a slotted ball through the box in the fourth minute. Bellevue’s creative runs found themselves free in the left corner and Mercy Darkoah beat a Red Raider and played the ball across the face of the goal to Betsy Fischenich for the first goal.
A minute later, Bellevue was reduced to ten players the rest of the match as a Bruin took a swing at Mattie Ostrowski, resulting in a straight red card. The momentum of the first half changed drastically as Northwestern had five great chances on frame. Tyler Farr, Alissa Christoffer, and Jahdai Dunk forced the Bellevue keeper to make the four saves she recorded during the game in the remaining minutes of the half. The chances did not create goals and the Red Raiders were down 0-1 going into half-time.
The second half started off slow for the Raiders as a slew of poor clearances led to another Bellevue goal scored by Betsy Fischenich. The goal came in the 47th minute and the momentum, though a player down, went in Bellevue’s direction. The Raiders owned a good amount of possession in the match but were able to come up with only one good chance in the second half, a shot off the post fromTyler Farr.
Bellevue went down another player in the 84th minute as a Bruin received her second yellow for time wasting. The game finished with a 0-2 result in favor of Bellevue University.
Northwestern will host Mt. Mercy on Sept. 10th.
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