November 18, 2016
Northwestern advances to third round in NCAA tourney
DURHAM, N.C. -- Northwestern’s defensive play and possession game paid off again as the Wildcats took a 1-0 victory over SIU-Edwardsville in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Championship Friday.
The Wildcats (16-2-4) advanced to the final 16 for the second time and first since 1998 and will meet Duke at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Wildcats dictated play for the most of the game, outshooting the Cougars (10-8-5), 11-5 (9-2 shots on goal), in earning their 17th shutout of the year.
"We are absolutely thrilled," Northwestern coach Michael Moynihan said. "It was a tough matchup. They made it very difficult, they kept the field compact, and they hit hard. So to come away with a victory, we did enough. We can always count on our defense to have a good performance. The all-time best for this program is the Sweet 16 and it excites (the team) to match that."
Northwestern scored in 10th minute as Kaitlin Moore sent a through ball to junior Kassidy Gorman, who went in alone and finished inside the far right post past Juli Rossi.
Northwestern continued to threaten, earning three quick corner kicks after the goal. The 'Cats best chance of the second half came in the 79th minute when sophomore Olivia Korhonen took a long ball from Gorman, her shot stopped by Rossi (eighth saves).
"This feels amazing," Gorman said. "We have had a lot of support especially from our alumni base, who set the record in 1998. To have them push us and want us to beat their record is unbelievable. We have had so much support from everyone – our team, our coaches, our families, and our athletic department and we are so thankful."