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Northwestern non-revenue sports check in

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It's easy to forget that there are actually 22 NCAA Division I sports not named football or basketball. But Northwestern tends to excel at those sports, and this year hasn't been any different. Here's a check-in on the non-revenue sports.

Sami Schrakamp scored in the 12th minute to give the women's soccer team a 1-0 lead over Nebraska in the 'Cats' B1G opener in Lincoln. But Nebraska found an equalizer via Kelly Schatz in the 88th minute, and the game finished in a 1-1 draw. The women's soccer team now sits at 4-1-3 (that's four wins, one loss, and three ties) with their best victory to date coming against then-no. 15 Marquette. They'll take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in their second B1G matchup on Sunday in Iowa City before returning to Evanston for back-to-back home games against Purdue and Indiana.

The men's soccer team returned from a trip out west unscathed, having tied powerhouse UC-Santa Barbara 1-1 and playing Cal St. Fullerton to a scoreless draw. The shutout of Fullerton was senior goalie Tyler Miller's 30th of his career, a new school record. The team remains unbeaten, at 2-0-2, and received the second-most votes from pollsters of teams not receiving a numerical ranking, meaning the 'Cats are currently the 27th best soccer team in the country (if you trust the polls).

No. 13 Field hockey's record suggests they're off to only a so-so start, but their .500 record (3-3) is more a function of difficult scheduling than an average team. All three losses have come against opponents ranked in the top 15 nationally and have all come by exactly one goal, including an overtime loss at no. 3 Connecticut. They'll look to get over the hump and finally beat a ranked team when they take on no. 20 James Madison in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sunday.

Women's volleyball managed to win five of their first six matches despite being away from home for each of them. But in their one matchup against a ranked opponent, a Sept. 6 contest against no. 15 San Diego, the 'Cats were routed 3-0. They'll take on both Youngstown St. and Loyola today as they play host to the Wildcat Classic tournament which will be held at Welsh-Ryan arena.

Men's tennis will open their season at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. on Sept. 27. The 'Cats were bounced in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year by Ole Miss, 4-1. The women's tennis team will open play when they host the Wildcat Invitational, which begins on Oct. 4.

Men's golf tees it up for the first time this season at the Windon Memorial Classic on Sept. 21 at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie (ironic...), a tournament NU hosts. They'll be without phenom Matthew Fitzpatrick this year, who left the school after one-quarter as the top amateur golfer in the world. Women's golf gets underway on Sep. 15 in the Dick McGuire Inviational, a tournament played in Albuquerque and hosted by the University of New Mexico.