Field Hockey Shuts Out Northwestern, Advances to Semifinal Game
Nov. 1, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Indiana field hockey team continued its winning ways against Northwestern in postseason play, as the No. 7 seeded Hoosiers upset the No. 2 seeded Wildcats, 4-0, in the quarterfinal game of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa this afternoon. The win improves the Hoosiers' record to 3-0 against NU in Big Ten Tournament play and is the first postseason win for IU since 2009, where Indiana defeated Penn State, 3-1, in the semifinal round and went on to play in the championship game.
Despite being outshot 17-6, Indiana capitalized on its opportunities and scored four times on the Wildcats. Two of those goals came off the stick of Mariella Grote, while Morgan Fleetwood and Nicole Volgraf also found the back of the net this afternoon. Grote and Danielle McNally each picked up assists, while Fleetwood recorded a pair of assists for the Hoosiers.
Viki Green was flawless in goal, making seven saves in her third shutout of the season. Today's performance is also the first postseason shutout by an Indiana goalkeeper in the program's 13 year history.
Volgraf put the Hoosiers on the board first, sending one between the posts on a pass from Fleetwood in the 18th minute of play.
Grote increased IU's lead to two in the 26th minute of play with the first of her two on the day, and Fleetwood followed with her team's third goal in the 45th minute on a shot off the penalty corner.
In the 60th minute, Grote netted her second goal of the contest, deflecting a perfectly placed cross from Fleetwood past the NU goalkeeper to put IU ahead, 4-0.
The Hoosiers will play in the semifinal game tomorrow, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. ET. IU is scheduled to play the winner of the Michigan and Ohio State matchup that is slated to be played later this evening.
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