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Northwestern non-revenue sports update: Women’s soccer to NCAA Tournament

Northwestern soccer 1-0 lost to Rutgers in the B1G tourney but now has its eyes on bigger goals

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With Northwestern football’s exciting October run, it’s been a while since we checked in on the non-revenue sports. Time to fix that. Here’s what’s going on:

Women’s Soccer (14-2-4)

Northwestern women’s soccer lost in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament with a 1-0 loss to Rutgers. The team had struggled to score goals against Rutgers in its previous meeting, and that trend appeared again in the tournament. Northwestern women’s soccer failed to record any goals during the Big Ten Tournament, but its stout defense will prove a challenge in the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern soccer will host Kent State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 12.

Field Hockey (13-7)

After a very rough patch in which Northwestern lost four consecutive games in early October, field hockey bounced back on November 4 with a huge 3-1 win over No. 15 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament. Isabel Flens and Dominique Masters both scored for the Wildcats, avenging a 2-1 overtime loss that occurred at Evanston during the losing streak. Northwestern had been knocked out of the Top 25, but as we know, rankings are meaningless.

No. 12 Northwestern then faced Maryland in the semifinals. Unfortunately, the Wildcats went down in overtime despite leading 2-1 with just 7 minutes remaining. Maryland’s Welma Luus fired a goal past Northwestern keeper Lindsay von der Luft. The team failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Men’s Tennis

Northwestern men’s tennis player Strong Kirchheimer won the Midwest ITA Regional title. Kirchheimer has had a great 2016 season and the Midwest ITA title is the next step in his development. In other news, Northwestern freshman Dominik Stary also won a Big Ten Singles Tournament, his first tournament in a Northwestern uniform.

Women’s Cross-Country

After a long season, the Wildcats finished ninth in the Big Ten Championships meet in Minnesota. Freshman and All-Big Ten second team member Aubrey Roberts finished 12th overall with a 21:52 6K. Her freshman teammate Sarah Nicholson finished 29th.