It does not get much closer than that.
Northwestern came within a matter of inches from bouncing back from an overtime loss last weekend at Colorado with a win at No. 4 USC. But Trojans goalie Gussie Johns denied multiple chances, including one that came up just inches short of the net in a 11-10 overtime loss.
It was a valiant effort from the visitors, who found themselves down 10-7 early in the second half. The Wildcats shut down USC’s attack and scored three times to knot things up at 10 to force the sudden-death extra frame.
In that overtime, the game was absolutely bonkers. Christina Esposito was denied by a leaping Johns, and after Danita Stroup poked the ball free from Johns and it rolled toward goal, the goalie was able to cover up the ball as it inched toward the line.
On the other end, Northwestern got a turnover but Johns was again up to the task, stopping a shot from Selena Lasota, who finished the day with two goals and three assists. It was the 17th save of the day from Johns. The hosts finally put the game away after Kerrigan Miller backhanded one past Mallory Weisse.
Northwestern now sits at 2-2 on the year and has a two-week break before its next test, a March 3 game at No. 5 Syracuse.