Panthers Open Season With Scoreless Draw At Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. (Aug. 21, 2009) - Freshman Jamie Forbes made four saves and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team offense was relentless, but to no avail in a 0-0 draw at Northwestern in the season opener for both teams.
"Helen (Steinhauser) was phenomenal for her first collegiate game. She showed a lot of poise, she showed a lot of leadership," UWM head coach Michael Moynihan said of his defense. "Jamie (Forbes) made a couple nice saves, including one in overtime. I talked to her coaches and they were impressed. She had a nice presence."
The Panthers (0-0-1) got some help from the goal itself, as a Wildcat (0-0-1) penalty kick hit the cross bar in the 105th minute.
The match was fairly even through the first half and, after a 15-minute period in favor of UWM to start the second half, much of the second half. Milwaukee came alive over the last 15 minutes and controlled much of the possession through the end of regulation and both overtimes.
Northwestern nearly had the last laugh, drawing a penalty kick on a hand ball in the box at the 103:58 mark. The shot went high, drilling the cross ba\r, and NU was whistled for a quick foul after.
Despite its ferocious attack, the Panthers came up empty in playing to their first scoreless draw since midway through the 2007 season. They outshot their hosts 6-4 in overtime and had three of the extra periods' five corners.
Forbes made the aforementioned four stops on the night and the UWM defense was credited with a team save. Her counterpart, Carolyn Edwards, made three saves. Forbes is the fourth keeper in school history to post a shutout in her collegiate debut, but the first to do so in overtime.
Neither team scored in a back and forth first half. Both teams had their chances, with the Panthers' patient, meticulous attack generating three quality shots. Sophomore Hagen got the ball rolling, dribbling across the field through a handful of defenders and sending a laser into the NU keeper.
On the other end of the field, Northwestern's chances involved a flurry of players in the box, but freshman Jamie Forbes and the UWM defense did not relent.
After the intermission, the Panthers looked dominant at times, but none more than at the end of regulation. Senior Erin Kreuser scored what looked to be the game-winner with just 15 seconds remaining, but a foul was whistled a second before her rebound shot from six yards out.
The shot was the culmination of an action-packed final 15 minutes. Milwaukee held possession for much of that time and generated a number of looks in the box with numbers. Each time, though, its shot was off target or blocked by the Wildcat defense.
The Panthers return to action Monday, playing at Wisconsin. The Badgers are the second of three-straight Big Ten opponents for Milwaukee to open the season.