EVANSTON, Ill. – No. 15 Northwestern coasted past Bowling Green, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon behind a brace from senior Brenna Lovera at Martin Stadium.
The #B1GCats moved to 6-0-1, improving its season-opening undefeated streak to seven games, the third-longest such streak in program history.
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The Wildcats also posted their sixth straight shutout and have conceded just one goal this season, which came in the opener. The team’s current shutout streak sits at 611:47 minutes, the second-longest streak in program history. The longest streak came in 2016 when Lauren Clem kept a clean sheet for 658:58 minutes.
First year goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood made two saves in another spotless outing. Wood now sports a goals-against-average of just 0.140 and a save percentage of 0.957. In 2016, the Wildcats’ nation-best goals-against-average over the course to end the season was 0.290.
Lovera scored twice in a game for the first time in her career. The last Wildcat to score multiple goals in a game was sophomore Madi Kennel, who scored two at Illinois State last season on Aug. 20 in a 3-0 win. Lovera now has 15 career goals, two shy of cracking the top ten all-time in program history.
First year Julietta Thron assisted Lovera’s first goal and senior Nikia Smith assisted the second. Both Thron and Smith tallied their second assists of the season.
Senior Jenny Haskel also made her first career start for the Wildcats. She registered two shots including one on goal.
The Wildcats dominated from kickoff, coming close eight minutes in when Hannah Davison volleyed a corner from Marisa Viggiano inches wide of the post.
The ‘Cats took the lead in the 10th minute after a spell of possession down the right hand side. Thron received the ball about 30 yards out near the sideline and whipped a ball right into the middle of the box. Lovera expertly timed her run and hit a bullet header into the net to make it 1-0.
Northwestern’s second goal game ten minutes into the second half off a throw-in near midfield. Smith threw it right into Lovera’s feet, and the senior turned and sprinted twenty yards into the box. After shrugging off two defenders Lovera belted a strike into the top corner to double the lead at 2-0.
Haskel nearly curled one to the far post for a third goal in the 74th minute but was thwarted by the Falcon’s keeper. The ‘Cats saw out the rest of match comfortably, holding Bowling Green to just four shots all afternoon
Chicago’s Big Ten is back in action next week as it commences Big Ten play with a road trip to face Wisconsin on Friday and Minnesota on Sunday.
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