No. 10 Northwestern Holds off Ohio

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After stellar defensive play on both sides, Northwestern had done just enough to hold off Ohio. With 11:33 left in the second half, Northwestern’s Caroline Troncelliti slid the ball right under Brittany Walker to score the deciding goal. Troncelliti’s shot put the Wildcats up 2 to 1, and then Northwestern rode its defense until the end of the game.

Ohio played very well. Brittany Walker saved 5 shots, while only allowing 2 goals. Adele Sammons, a freshman from England, scored her first career goal off of a corner that was assisted by Jessica Jue. “We have been running that play in practice,” said Sammons, “It was great to finally score off of it in a game.”

Head Coach Neil Macmillan was pleased with how the Bobcats played and thought that there were positives to take from this game. “Individual play was excellent,” said Macmillan. “We just didn’t play together like we needed to.”

The first Northwestern goal came 10 minutes into the first half. Chelsea Armstrong, assisted by Tara Puffenberger, put the ball past Walker and into the back of the net for the first score of the game. Ohio answered 13 minutes into the second half with Sammons’ goal. All was looking well for Ohio until Jessica Jue received a green card. Northwestern used the man advantage and scored on Troncelliti’s shot.

With the loss today, Ohio falls to 4-5 on the season, but Coach Macmillan is hopeful about the rest of the season. “We aren’t the team that our record says,” said Macmillan.

The Bobcats look to get back on track with a win at Saint Joseph’s on Friday.