The Wildcats continue to write history.
8 Northwestern (10-1-2, 4-0-1 Big Ten) beat foe Illinois State (6-5-2, 1-3-1 4-0 on Sunday. With this weekend’s victory, the Cats have not lost in 11 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
Currently, NU’s No. 8 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches poll is the highest ranking the program has ever recorded.
Early aggressive play and a relentless offense drove the Cats’ excellent offensive production, outscoring the Fighting Illini by six shots on goal.
The scoring started on a 33rd-minute penalty shot from senior midfielder Rowan Lapi, one of three NU penalties on the day. With his score, the Cats have gone eight straight with a goal in the first half.
Junior striker Meg Boade nearly extended NU’s lead with another 57th-minute penalty, but the shot was saved by Illinois keeper Julia Cili.
However, less than a minute after the blocked penalty, senior defender Danika Austin bounced off a ball headed by an Illinois defender and hit a howler into the top right corner from outside the box. It marked Austin’s first goal of the season and the first game in which both captains, Lapi and Austin, scored a goal.
But the Cats’ most prolific player wasn’t on the court on Sunday either. That title was won by junior midfielder Josie Aulicino who scored NU’s next two goals, one from a header and the other from another penalty.
NU will continue their historic season at home on Friday night against No. 23 Wisconsin for Alumni Night. The match proves to be exciting, as the Badgers enter the game having won eight straight games.
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